The law firm Jones Day is "abusing" its trademark in an attempt to squelch a Web publisher's legitimate news articles, digital rights groups said in court papers filed in the case.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed in federal district court in Chicago late last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Citizen, Public Knowledge and the Citizen Media Law Project argue that Jones Day's lawsuit against the real estate should be dismissed.

"A large firm with overwhelming resources seeks to use trademark law to prevent a small real estate news site from conveying accurate information about the firm and its associates," the groups wrote. "The use in question is clearly a fair use."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008