TAMPA — A Tampa business is suing a Montana competitor, alleging trademark infringement.

Global CPE Network LLC filed a complaint March 9 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against Western CPE LLC alleging that the Montana company breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing.

According to the complaint, Global, which produces continuing education programs for accountants and other financial professionals, has suffered financial injury to its business, reputation and profit, as a result of Western CPE's intent to misappropriate the plaintiff's good will by deceiving the public, through the use of the plaintiff's similar well-known trademark to redirect traffic to the defendant's website and promote competing products and services through the Internet. 

The plaintiff alleges Western caused confusion among consumers by offering counterfeit products and using the same trademarks as plaintiff's distinctive marks, and capitalized and received the benefit of the plaintiff's reputation and good will.

Global CPE Network seeks trial by jury, permanent injunction, damages and lost profits, attorney fees and court costs, and all just relief. It is represented by attorneys Brian T. McElfatrick and Bryan D. Hull of Bush Ross PA in Tampa.

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Case number 17-cv-00570

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