I love this headline in OpinionJournal “Stop or Owl Sue: Hooters goes to court to protect its intellectual property.” The suit strikes me as pretty silly, even by the standards of the American civil justice system:

The complaint, filed in an Orlando federal court, alleges that itsy T-shirted waitresses at Ker’s WingHouse present “unfair competition” to Hooters girls, known for their inspiring presentation of otherwise ordinary menu items. Ker’s filed for dismissal this week, maintaining that sex appeal predates Hooters. * * * Ker’s WingHouse, for it’s part, hasn’t borrowed the Hooters logo or name, just its bra size–something difficult to trademark in the vicinity of Miami Beach. The interloper isn’t exactly new either; the two restaurants have been serving up “big portions” down the road from each other for almost 10 years.

Heh. I can see the, umm, briefs now.

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  1. John Lemon says:

    Geraldo Rivera reporting.

  2. theresa says:

    I think both Hooters and Winghouse would be better if they directed their attention to the girls hair then to their dress alikes. As a former Waitress I am appauled at the hair flying around as they serve food in both places.