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Chateau Marmont Threatens To Sue Similarly Named 'Cateau Marmont,' A Cat Groomer In The Valley
Iconic Sunset Strip hotel Chateau Marmont has reportedly threatened legal action against a cat grooming business in the San Fernando Valley with a similar name: Cateau Marmont.
"The hotel, Chateau Marmont, has decided to send us a cease-and-desist letter, asking us not to use the word Marmont and to change our everything," Cateau Marmont owner Jennifer Shields told ABC 7 earlier this month. The mother/daughter-owned Toluca Lake business offers cat grooming, along with "cage free" cat boarding in private bungalows ($45 a night). Technically, the Chateau Marmont also offers cage free boarding, along with private bungalows.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the famed boutique hotel told the cat spa in a July 18 letter that they've spent nearly a century cultivating their brand, and they don't want their tony customers to be confused and think they've somehow gone into the feline services business. "Group 99, which controls the Chateau's intellectual property, warns the Cateau that it may pursue claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution and unfair competition," THR reports.
A manager at the Chateau Marmont told LAist that they were unable to comment on the situation.
Weirdly, there is a doggie day care and canine grooming business in Beverly Grove called Chateau Marmutt that has been around since 1999. It seemingly has not had any problems with the hotel (no one picked up the phone at Chateau Marmutt when we called to confirm).
Cateau Marmont owner Jennifer Shields plans to fight back, according to the Hollywood Reporter, who reports that Shields' lawyer R. Joseph Trojan "sent a biting response last week, arguing that no reasonable person would confuse an expensive hotel and bar with his client’s operation, which also rescues kittens from the Hollywood streets."
"To our knowledge, your client has never used its luxury hotel rooms to shelter homeless animals," Trojan wrote.