Sausage Spots Sizzle over 'Original' Name

Jim's Original Polish claims the name of Jim’s Original Chicago is intentionally misleading

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011  |  Updated 2:21 PM CDT
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Sausage Spots Sizzle over 'Original' Name

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A Maxwell Street sausage staple is suing a local business for using a name and slogan "confusingly similar" to its own.

Jim's Original Polish claims in a federal lawsuit that Jim’s Original Chicago, opening a few blocks from the former's location near Roosevelt Road and 95th Street, is trying to intentionally mislead people, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The suit, filed two weeks ago, also contests signs that read "Original Maxwell Street Polish" and "Original Maxwell Street Pork Chops" is deliberately copying Jim's Original Polish.

The "Jim’s Original" logo and "The original Maxwell Street Polish Sausage Stand" slogan were copyrighted in 2007, according to the lawsuit. But Mirza Husain, co-owner of Jim’s Original Chicago, told the Sun-Times he also received a trademark for his name.

Husain said he didn't mean to misguide anyone or copy anything, saying he named the business after a "guy named Jim who worked for me for 12 years."

Jim's Original Polish filed a separate suit last week against Jim’s Original of Joliet, Inc., which also claims to sell the “Original Maxwell Street Polish.”

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