“I’ll have the 8 oz sirloin with a side of scrambled Fabergé eggs.”
According to Reuters, a restaurant in New York City is being sued by the luxury jeweler Fabergé for “shamelessly” appropriating their name and “confusing customers and members of the general public”.
The copyright lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday against “Faberge,” a steakhouse situated in a heavily Russian-populated community in Sheepshead Bay, New York, states that the restaurant “is an effort to free-ride on the enormous good will” that has been established by Fabergé, the luxury jewelry company.
Owner of the restaurant, Vladislav Yusufov, claims he had no intention of stealing anything from the famous Fabergé jeweler. “We haven’t copied anything from Fabergé. We don’t sell jewelry,” he said. “We are totally different. Our business is food sale. French and steaks.”
The famous jeweler Fabergé was founded in 1842 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has become known for its ornate, jewel-encrusted eggs. Of the 50 Fabergé eggs that were made for the Russian czars from 1885 to 1916, only 42 have survived, making them worth millions.
Though the restaurant bears the same name as the iconic Fabergé jeweler, there are slight differences. The restaurant spells its name without an accent over the last “e” and in the logo, the letter “A” is represented by a picture of the Eiffel Tower. That being said, the company Fabergé is still not buying it. Their lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Brooklyn, still stands.
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