After four years of litigation, United States District Judge Kenneth M. Karas has dismissed most of Rockland Exposition Incorporated's (REI) complaint against the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ), AASP/NJ board members Tom Elder, Thomas Greco, Glenn Villacari, and Thomas Greco Publishing.
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In an 87-page opinion issued Sept. 14, Judge Karas dismissed REI's most significant claim – that AASP/NJ and the other defendants infringed on REI's claimed rights in the trademark "NORTHEAST." Therefore, REI's demands on this count for injunctive relief and damages failed, according to the association. The court also dismissed REI's claims for trademark infringement, dilution and unfair competition under New York law.
The court dismissed REI's claims for false and deceptive advertising, trade libel and disparagement; REI's claims for tortious interference with prospective business advantage; and REI's claims for tortious interference with contract with respect to AASP/NJ, Thomas Greco and Thomas Greco Publishing, the association said.