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Battle of the sisterhood: Shelby County mayoral candidate involved in lawsuit

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Malone is being sued for infringement, unfair competition, dilution and tarnishment, violation of Tennessee consumer protection act, and civil conspiracy. Malone is being sued for infringement, unfair competition, dilution and tarnishment, violation of Tennessee consumer protection act, and civil conspiracy.
Meanwhile, Malone is considering a counter-suit. Meanwhile, Malone is considering a counter-suit.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - What's in a name? A lot according to a new lawsuit. Former Shelby County Commissioner and current mayoral candidate Deidre Malone is in the midst of a political battle and now, a legal one as well.

The Sisterhood Showcase claims they were ripped off and blames, in part, Democratic Shelby County mayoral candidate Deidre Malone and her public relations firm among the defendants.

The lawsuit claims an event being held this weekend at the Memphis Cook Convention Center is a rip-off of the Sisterhood Showcase, which was canceled this year following the death of its founder.

Those on Malone's side cannot help but think the move is politically motivated.

Malone's attorney, Robert Spence, admits the upcoming "Sistahs Succeed 2 Showcase" has a similar name and logo as the "Sisterhood Showcase," even down to the female silhouette.

"It smells like it's politically motivated because there is absolutely no reason to have included Deidre Malone in the litigation," said Spence.

He says Malone was simply hired to help promote the event with advertising and public relations.

The lawsuit contends the Sisterhood Showcase's trademark was infringed upon and its image tarnished.

A statement from organizer and plaintiff Christina Stevison's attorney reads, in part:

"Ms. Stevison filed her lawsuit to protect the trademark and image of Sisterhood Showcase ... And the goodwill of her attendees, sponsors and vendors."    

Spence told WMC Action News 5 that on Tuesday, a judge refused to issue a restraining order to keep this weekend's event from happening.

Meanwhile, Malone is considering a counter-suit.

Malone is being sued for infringement, unfair competition, dilution and tarnishment, violation of Tennessee consumer protection act, and civil conspiracy. Read the lawsuit here: http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wmctv/sisterhoodshowcaselawsuit.pdf.

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