Boston Carriage, which does business as Logan Car Service, accuses Boston Suburban Coach and four individuals for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, violation of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), as well as unfair competition and unfair business practices and related state law claims. Two of the individual defendants are officers of Boston Suburban Coach, while the other two are allege to be the people who actually control the business activities of Boston Suburban. Boston Carriage has operated under the trade name “Logan Car Service” since the early 2000’s. The business uses the domain name “logancarservice.com,” and on April 23, 2021 applied for a copyright registration on the website content at that URL as well as for trademark registration on the LOGAN CAR SERVICE mark. Boston Carriage says that they suffered a sudden and substantial loss of business in January 2018, which led it to discover the defendants’ “logan-car-service.com” site that mimics Boston Carriage’s site, including a substantial amount of content copied word-for-word. Boston Carriage sent a cease and desist letter in April 2018, to which the Defendants responded stating that the site had been taken down. The site itself was apparently no longer active, but it redirected visitors to Boston Suburban’s official website. Boston Carriage discovered use of the LOGAN CAR SERVICE mark by the Defendants elsewhere, such as the Defendants’ Facebook and Instagram pages. Finally, Boston Carriage asserts that the Defendants copied its customer reviews and posted them on Defendants’ advertisements as their own. Judge Talwani has been assigned to the case.
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