It's a case of David vs. Goliath ... or in this case Turkey Tom vs. Tom Turkey.
Sandwich giant Jimmy John's is suing Chicago-based Halsted Street International, the corporate entity that owns Halsted Street Deli (with about 20 locations in and around Chicago) over the names of two of its sandwiches. Jimmy John's claims that Halsted Street is intentionally confusing customers by calling its sandwiches Tom Turkey and Hunt Club, which are suspiciously similar to Jimmy John's popular Turkey Tom and Hunter's Club sandwiches. Jimmy John's said it trademarked the two names in 2002, according to Crain's Chicago Business.
An attorney for Jimmy John's, which owns more than 1,000 restaurants throughout the U.S., filed suit on Friday in federal court, seeking that Halsted Street remove the names of the sandwiches from any menus and signs and is seeking unspecified damages to be paid.
Jimmy John's Sues Halsted Street Deli Over Sandwich Similarities [Crain's]