George Sink suing George ‘Ted’ Sink Jr. over law firm’s name
He probably won’t be dialing 999-9999 for help on this one.
George Sink Sr.’s law firm – George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers – is suing George “Ted” Sink Jr. and several related entities for trademark infringement, unfair competition, cybersquatting, deceptive trade practices and dilution.
The prospective father-versus-son battle is fleshed out in a complaint filed April 25 in U.S. District Court.
The senior Sink’s law firm alleges that after Sink Jr. was fired from the practice in February, the son went off and established Southern Legal Association LLC, George Sink Law Firm II and what is referred to in court documents as Sink III.
The younger Sink’s actions, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers contends, have been detrimental to business and have led to outright public confusion.
“Plaintiff’s name, reputation, and goodwill are suffering, and have been damaged, as a result of defendants’ conduct,” the 14-page complaint reads.
A note at the bottom of the George Sink II Law Firm website reads: “This firm is not at all associated with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers or George Sink, Sr. (well, besides the founder of George Sink Law Firm, LLC being the son of and former employee of George Sink, Sr.)”
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers was formed on July 29, 1997, according to court documents. The firm has 13 offices – “growing,” per the complaint – throughout South Carolina and Georgia.
Sink Sr.’s commercials, featuring a leprechaun, baseball, golf, military service or even a got-you motif, are widely seen across the CSRA.