Katz’s Deli Files Suit Against Copycat ‘Katz & Dogs’ Food Truck

Posted on: March 13th, 2014 at 6:05 am by
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We first started seeing the Katz & Dogs trucks rolling around the city last summer. Everywhere from the Bowery to Broadway. Our initial instinct was that Katz’s Deli would slap these jokers with a fat lawsuit. Well, now it’s happened.

The Daily News has the scoop. Katz’s Deli filed a Manhattan Federal Court trademark lawsuit yesterday afternoon, claiming the mobile business is infringing on its name in order to garner greater sales. The restaurant seeks a name change and damages that could exceed $1 million.

This lawsuit is pretty much a no-brainer, especially since Katz & Dogs sells nearly identical menu items and even a sandwich called “The Reuben Orgasm” (referring to the scene from When Harry Met Sally).

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Katz & Dogs menu, Photo: Midtown Lunch

In defense, the truck owners – formerly of the now-shuttered Adelman’s Deli – claim that they were merely paying tribute to the 126-year-old Lower East Side institution. The article goes on to note that Katz’s even offered $7,000 to help re-brand the food trucks. Those talks apparently broke down.

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