BLT Burger Sues LT Burger Over ‘R-Rated’ Milkshakes

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The Times snags a copy of the lawsuit that Laurent Tourondels former business partners in BLT Burger have brought against him for opening LT Burger in Sag Harbor, a restaurant they say violates the BLT trademark, and while its not quite as entertaining as the Mr. Chow case against Philippe, its definitely worth a read for lines like this: Upon information and belief, BLT Burger was one of the very first dining establishments to offer alcoholic milkshakes. And these are milkshakes that have been praised by the Onion, the complaint points out. It goes on to insist that LT basically reproduced the BLT hamburger and (more amusingly) milkshake menu, changing the Berry Me to the Berry Good, the Campfire Marshmallows to the Fluffer, and (bear with us now) the Fuzzy the Bear to the Red Head and the Brunette to the Night Rider. Not only that, but he allegedly hired the publisher of BLT Living to create a copycat newsletter titled LT Living, and then tricked BLT managers into distributing it at their restaurants. Supposedly, they even had to pay for shipping! Dont miss the complaint below.

BLT vs. Laurent Tourondel et. al. [PDF via Diners Journal/NYT]
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