WEDDINGPAGES SEEKS TO UNTIE THEKNOT.COM

NEW YORK — A majority of franchise owners of Weddingpages are seeking preliminary injunctions against TheKnot.com to bar the Internet company from allegedly taking away their right to use The Knot name.
The injunctions were filed in a New York state court and are part of a lawsuit filed on Aug. 14 by some of the franchise owners. Weddingpages is a regional bridal publication with local editions in more than 50 cities. The franchise owners said in their August lawsuit that they paid for the exclusive right to use the “Weddingpages” name in their territories. The Knot, which markets to brides over the Internet, earlier this year bought out the Weddingpages franchisor and required that the franchisees use The Knot name in addition to Weddingpages.
Todd Kabes, a San Antonio franchise owner, said that the dot-com is “threatening” to take away their right to use The Knot name.
The lawsuit charged The Knot with fraud and misrepresentation and violations of franchise and state laws. The franchise owners who filed suit are seeking equitable relief and monetary damages.
Officials at The Knot could not be reached for comment.

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