On April 13, 2020, SGR attorneys Jim Bikoff and Holly Lance filed a lawsuit on behalf of long-time firm client The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry (the “Grange”) in the District of Oregon. The Grange is the nation’s oldest agricultural fraternal organization, and has been promoting the interests of farmers and farming in the United States since 1867. There are over 2,000 local Granges across the country, including over 180 Granges in Oregon.
Earlier this year, the Grange learned of a new cannabis dispensary conducting business under the name “The Hemp Grange” based in Grants Pass, Oregon. Given the potential for consumer confusion regarding the affiliation between “The Hemp Grange” and the Grange, SGR contacted the new business and its owner, Thomas Dubiel, to demand that it select a new, non-infringing name. Because The Hemp Grange and Mr. Dubiel have refused to comply, the Grange has filed an action in the District of Oregon alleging trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition, and trademark dilution under federal, state and common laws.