Fishman Transducer Trial Against "Esteban," Daystar & Home Shopping Network Begins

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Fishman Transducers has been in business in the Boston area for 30 years. Founder and President Larry Fishman is an electronics engineer and musician who started the company to meet the need for products that enabled the amplifications of acoustic instruments such as guitar, string bass, banjo, mandolin, violin, etc. Fishman has earned over 30 patents and dominates the acoustic amplification category with pickups, amps, etc. used by leading artists such as James Taylor, Pete Townshend, Sheryl Crow, John Maher, and others. This lawsuit, filed in 2007 and now going on trial in the United States District Court of the District of Massachusetts shows that Fishman's history of innovation is why they jealously guard and protect their copyrights.

The trial resulting from the lawsuit filed by Andover-based Fishman Transducers, Inc., Plaintiff, on January 17, 2007 against Stephen Paul d/b/a "Esteban," Daystar Productions, and HSN Interactive LLC Defendants, (Civil Action No. 07-10071-GAO, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts) started this week in Boston.

The lawsuit is for unfair competition, trademark infringement, and false advertising in violation of the Federal Lanham Act.

Fishman alleges in its complaint that Esteban, Daystar, and HSN advertised, promoted, and sold Esteban guitars while falsely misrepresenting to the public that the Esteban guitars were equipped with Fishman electronic components.

According to the lawsuit, these false and misleading statements have been made in television infomercials as well as on numerous websites.

In fact, Fishman has sold no electronic components to Esteban or any other party for use in Esteban guitars, and it has not authorized either Esteban or Daystar to use the name and trademark "Fishman" in promoting and selling Esteban guitars.

Larry Fishman, president of Fishman Transducers, stated, "We have worked hard for many years to establish a position as a leading manufacturer of the highest-quality products. We are obviously very concerned by the blatant misconduct of the defendants identified in our complaint, and we intend to protect our good name and trademarks vigorously."

Chris Martin, CEO of CF Martin Guitars, will be testifying for Fishman as the trial progresses.

For more information about the trial and Fishman, please call Chris DeMaria at 978.988.9199 or JC Costa/Brainstorm Media at 212.362.4271.

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