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The Zorro-like character in fast food chain Del Taco’s television commercials faces a new enemy: a trademark violation lawsuit from Tristar Pictures, the company that released the movie The Mask of Zorro. Tristar contends that Del Taco Inc. and its ad agency, Santa Monica, California-based WongDoody, infringed on its rights to the Zorro character. The suit, filed on July 30 in U.S. district court in Los Angeles, seeks damages in excess of $500,000. A Del Taco executive said its character differs from Zorro in that his mask is red instead of black, and he has chili peppers in his hat and a container of Del Taco hot sauce tucked into his bandolier. .

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