Sturgis Trademarks lawsuits Update. The lawsuit and counter lawsuit between Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. (SMRI) – owner of several Sturgis and Black Hills Rally trademarks – and a group of businesses under the banner of “Concerned Citizens Of Sturgis”opposing these trademarks is still going on with first court dates scheduled in May postponed again. “Concerned Citizens Of Sturgis” attorney has requested sworn depositions of 2 members of SMRI (Jerry Berkowitz’s of “Hot Leathers/Good Sports” and Black Hills Harley-Davidson) who formally opposed and challenged the legality of any geographic location trademarks One can imagine that SMRI’s attorney find less risk for his client and has interest in postponing as long as possible any legal decision until after the 2012 Sturgis rally takes place. During this time, weighing in on the trademark dispute Secretary of State Jason Grant said that South Dakota law doesn’t permit registration of a trademark for a place name for exclusive use. Any trademark registration with a name of location can only be used in connection with additionally descriptive terms distinctive of the applicant’s goods or services.” “This only could have take place at the federal level, because my office has and will continue to reject similar applications,” Grant said.
City Of Sturgis Facing Risk Of Deficit Because Of Motorcycle Rally. Increased costs to host the rally and decreased revenue is challenging the City Of Sturgis budget. So, actions have been taken to supplement income: an increase of vendor fees by 8 percent, leasing of various city properties during the rally such as city parks and reducing the 2012 formally voted operating budget by nearly $220,000. The City Manager Daniel Ainslie states that the citizens of Sturgis likely do not benefit or actually loose money from the rally. 2011’s rally, including sales tax, brought in $391,000 to the city, however the profits do not include the time spent by city staff, such as the finance office, attorney and human resources. According to the comprehensive plan, the city should work out a strategy to ensure that the city profits at least $1,000,000 from the rally. The city also plans building a new venue to attract a new younger audience interested in the rally for the next 10 to 15 years.
Steve Johnson, President and CEO Of Tucker Rocky Distributing To Retire By March 2013. Johnson is now 66, about to celebrate 12 years at Tucker Rocky in October and prior spent 27 years in various management positions at PepsiCo in the area of supply chain and logistics. Tucker Rocky Distributing plans for a new recruit to be on board this fall. Tucker Rocky, based in Fort Worth, is a subsidiary of LDI Ltd., an Indianapolis-based investment and holding company, employs about 700 people and provides distribution services to more than 10,000 motorcycle dealers in North America.
Cash-strapped California Dips Into OHV Cookie Jar. A California state assembly committee today voted to transfer up to $31 million from the state’s Off-Highway Vehicle Trust Fund to pay for non-OHV related programs in the cash-strapped state. The $31 million transfer would slash the amount in the OHV trust fund by one-half, according to Don Amador, western representative for the Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC). The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) earlier issued an “Action Alert” calling on California constituents to urge lawmakers to reject the transfer plan. “This is not a loan but a taking of money which will never be repaid” “The OHV trust fund is fueled by taxes paid on gasoline used by OHV recreationists and should be used to maintain OHV recreational opportunities. What right does the state assembly have to redirect funds collected directly from OHV recreation activities, and use them for any purpose other than to support OHV recreation? the AMA asserted.