On October 1, 2015, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board froze the calendar for Lacroix vs. Christian LaCroix Snc., TTAB Cancellation No. 91201563.
This came on the heels of the defendant’s filing a motion for sanctions on April 29, 2015, which was only 20 days after Anthony Verna made his appearance for the plaintiff in this case.
The defendant’s counsel asked the TTAB to sanction Mr. Verna and the plaintiff because both parties are permitted to take trial testimony in Paris, France, which is where the plaintiff lives and that testimony wasn’t scheduled quickly after Mr. Verna’s appearance in the case.
However, the Mr. Verna and Mr. Lacroix were not sanctioned in this case because the Board ruled that Mr. Verna was new to the case and that the defendant’s counsel forgot that international trial testimony is permissive, not required. So, there was no misbehavior, as usual, on the part of Mr. Verna. Mr. Verna won that motion for sanctions.