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  • Melissa Williamson

    I am a paralegal charged with monitoring trademarks for The Stronach Group (“TSG”). The Stronach Group is the parent company of HRTV, LLC (“HRTV”). TSG is a leader in the horse racing and gaming industries.

    You may not be aware but HRTV is the owner of the HRTV & Design trademark (U.S. Trademark Application No. 77/067,510 and European Community Trademark Application Nos. 2660249 and 2660447), which it has used since at least as early as December 15, 2007. These Trademarks are classified as entertainment services and audio, video, and telecommunications services, namely the production and broadcasting of audio, data, and video programs featuring horse racing for dissemination. Both HRTV and TSG have spent considerable time, money and effort promoting and developing customer recognition and goodwill in the HRTV trademark.

    Your use of HRTV is likely to cause the public to mistakenly visit your site when it is searching for HRTV services. We note that you are using HRTV on 2dopeboyz.com, YouTube, Twitter, and other websites. We are concerned that customers will assume that your website is in some way connected with or sponsored by TSG. Such assumed affiliation may lead to public confusion.

    Under these circumstances, we ask that you voluntarily cease the use of HRTV and just spell out “Honor Role TV” in all instances where HRTV appears within thirty (30) days of the date of this letter. TSG and HRTV are interested in resolving this issue amicably and we ask that you contact us with your agreement to these terms by August 16, 2013.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I can be reached at (410) 785-5259.

    Sincerely,

    Melissa L. Williamson
    Corporate Paralegal