PHILADELPHIA – A King of Prussia corporation alleges two individuals and a center in Texas are unlawfully continuing to use the Goddard School mark after their franchise agreement was terminated.
Goddard Systems Inc. filed a complaint on Jan. 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Olubunmi Adetutu, Taiwo Adetutu and Dabtke Child Development and Enrichment Centers LLC alleging trademark infringement and breach of contract.
According to the complaint, the defendants were former franchisees of the plaintiff and the plaintiff terminated the agreement for failure to comply in January.
The plaintiff holds Olubunmi Adetutu, Taiwo Adetutu and Dabtke Child Development and Enrichment Centers LLC responsible because the defendants allegedly not complied with their post-expiration obligations under the agreement, including failing to cease operation and continuing to use the Goddard School trademarks.
The plaintiff seeks enjoin the defendants from further using plaintiff's mark, injunction against the defendants, monetary damages, compensatory damages, lost profits, exemplary damages, punitive damages, damages and treble damages, profits, court costs, interest and any further relief the court grants. It is represented by Constantine T. Fournaris of Wiggin and Dana LP in Philadelphia.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:18-cv-00042-CMR