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Announcements

 

July 8, 2016 - Today marks SNEED PLLC’s five-year anniversary. A sincere thank you to our clients who have entrusted us to protect and enforce your intellectual property rights. It’s a privilege to serve you and grow with you!

 


 

Judge Orders Preliminary Injunction in Favor of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. 


February 5, 2016 - Following a hearing in Rapid City, U.S. Chief District Judge Jeffrey Viken ordered a preliminary injunction in favor of SNEED PLLC's client Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. (SMRi) against both local merchant Rushmore Photo & Gifts and the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, for improperly using the trademark "Sturgis" on merchandise they sold. Read more from the Rapid City Journal here




January 22, 2016 - SNEED PLLC is proud to announce that Jason Sneed, the firm’s founding and managing attorney, has been selected to the 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers® list for demonstrating excellence in the practice of Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation. Super Lawyers® recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice and limits this honor to no more than five percent of attorneys within each state.  




Jury Awards $912,500 to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc.


November 12, 2015 - On October 30, an eight-person federal jury unanimously delivered a verdict in favor of SNEED PLLC’s client Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. (SMRI) in its claims that two companies – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Rushmore Photo and Gifts, Inc. (RPG) – infringed on SMRI’s trademarks and sold counterfeit goods in connection with the annual rally.

 

After a nine-day trial, the jury found Wal-Mart, RPG and its officers liable for infringement of SMRI’s trademarks STURGIS®, STURGIS BIKE WEEK®, STURGIS Composite Design Mark®, STURGIS MOTORCYCLE RALLY™, and STURGIS RALLY AND RACES™, dilution of SMRi’s famous STURGIS mark, in violation of the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act as to seven different Internet domain names and liable for false advertising and unfair competition.

 

Click here to read the verdict. 

 

SNEED PLLC lawyers Jason Sneed, Charles Landrum and Megan Sorokes joined South Dakota local counsel, Michael Loos, of Clayborne Loos & Sabers, to argue the four-year old case before the jury in U.S. District Court in Rapid City with Chief Judge Jeffrey Viken presiding.

 

The cases mentioned on the site are illustrative of the matters handled by the firm. Results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case, not all results are provided and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

 


                                                  

August 17, 2015 -  SNEED PLLC is proud to announce that Jason Sneed, the firm’s founding and managing attorney, has been recognized as Best Lawyers’® 2016 Charlotte Trademark Law “Lawyer of the Year.” The organization honors only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community as a “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers® also recognized Mr. Sneed for excellence in Litigation – Intellectual Property and in Trademark Law. 

 



April 27, 2015 - SNEED PLLC is proud to announce that Neal B. Hayes has joined the firm's Davidson office as an associate attorney. Mr. Hayes is a graduate of Wittenberg University and the University of Virginia School of Law and will focus his practice on intellectual property litigation. 

 


 

April 24, 2015 - SNEED PLLC is proud to announce that it has been ranked in the 2015 "Best Law Firms" list by the U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers® in the following areas:

 

Tier 1: Charlotte, Trademark Law

Tier 2: Charlotte, Intellectual Property Litigation

Tier 3: United States, Trademark Law

 

To read more about the firm's rankings, as well as the evaluation process, please visit U.S. News and World Report

 


 

April 17, 2015 - SNEED PLLC is pleased to have Jason M. Sneed and Sarah C. Hsia represent the firm at the International Trademark Association's 137th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, from May 2-6, 2015. 

 


 

July 4, 2014 - The Independence Day holiday marks SNEED PLLC’s three-year anniversary. We sincerely thank all of our clients who have entrusted us to protect and enforce your intellectual property rights and enabled us to grow with you!

 


 

June 18, 2014 - SNEED PLLC is proud to announce the opening of its Charleston office, located on Sullivan's Island.

 


 

May 5, 2014 - SNEED PLLC is pleased to have Sarah C. Hsia represent the firm at the International Trademark Association's 136th Annual Meeting in Hong Kong from May 10-14, 2014.