A federal judge has ruled that a Western Pennsylvania company’s “Terrible T-Shirt” design infringes on the “Terrible Towel” trademark owned by nonprofit Allegheny Valley School Foundation and exclusively licensed to the Pittsburgh Steelers football organization.
U.S. District Court Judge Arthur J. Schwab of the Western District of Pennsylvania granted summary judgment on behalf of the plaintiffs the Steelers and the AVS Foundation, which had alleged that a McKeesport, Pa.-based company had fraudulently represented to a printer that it had permission to sell T-shirts based on the “Terrible Towel” trademark, a symbol used by Pittsburgh Steelers fans for 35 years.
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