NJ suit over Florida pizza shop logo tossed

    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s lawsuit against a Florida pizza shop for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway’s green and yellow signs has been tossed.

    A federal judge on Thursday granted the Jersey Boardwalk Pizza shop’s request to dismiss the suit. He said that the shop doesn’t have enough contact with the state for it to bring the lawsuit in New Jersey.

    Turnpike Authority spokesman Thomas Feeney says the agency is continuing its action against the company in the federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and considering its options regarding the judge’s decision.

    The agency sued last July over the logo the company uses for its two pizza shops and on merchandise. It said that the company is trying to trade upon the fame of the Garden State Parkway logo to attract customers and potential franchisees.

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