Intellectual Property Law

Jones Day and digital rights group face off in war of words over Detroit bankruptcy parody site


When Jones Day learned a parody site was mocking a former law firm bankruptcy attorney’s work as the city of Detroit’s emergency manager, counsel for the 2,500-attorney law firm apparently was not amused.

In a June 10 cease-and-desist letter (PDF), the firm warned the owner of the kevynorr.com site via the company hosting the Web address to stop using the law firm’s service mark, Deadline Detroit reports.

On Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation fired back. The digital rights advocate called the law firm a bully in a post at its Deeplinks Blog and said in a letter (PDF) that its client had no intention of removing the partially obscured Jones Day logo that appears behind a lizard-like cartoon character on the parody site.

Will Jones Day follow through on its threat to “avail itself of all legal and equitable remedies available, including the commencement of litigation without further notice?” Only time will tell.

A Law.com (sub. req.) article provides further details.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Federal judge OKs Detroit bankruptcy, says city can cut pensions for retirees”

ABAJournal.com: “In wake of $16.6M bill, judge asks Jones Day to explain disclosure of confidential Detroit docs”

Detroit Free Press: “Kevyn Orr hopes to stay involved in Detroit bankruptcy case after tenure ends”

Detroit News: “City attorney: Detroiters should ‘stand up and say no’ to EM process”

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