Meat Justice: Three-Year “Steak-umm” War Finally Ends

And now for today’s cheesesteak news (shhh, everyone west of Pittsburgh will think this is a real thing).

Unbeknownst to the liberal cheesesteak media, the frozen steak company Steak-umms and the local cheesesteak chain Steak ‘Em Up were in embroiled in a vicious, three-year lawsuit over the use of the “steak em'” moniker, which is apparently crucial to each company’s success.

In 2009, Steak-umms (presumably the first thing owners said when brainstorming a name) sued the owners of Steak ‘Em Up for trademark infringement, claiming that the Philly chain was unjustly profitting off of Steak-umm’s established reputation for amazingly delicious, frozen steaks.

To the delight of locals, news came this week that Steak ‘Em Up has won their long-fought battle to retain their name. Throughout the trial, Steak ‘Em Up’s owner,¬†Michael Lane, maintained that his restaurant’s name was based on South Philly’s “gangster culture,” and¬†Judge Lawrence Stengel was inclined to agree.

Unfortunately, Lane will still have to pay his legal costs, as the judge denied his request to have Steak-umms pay his lawyer fees.

Photo via A. ALVAREZ

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