Inside Track: A Monster dispute is licked

  • July 20, 2008 - 10:05 PM

Attorneys for Winthrop & Weinstine recently convinced Monster Cable that a product called "Monster Deer Block" would not cause confusion in the marketplace with its cable products.

There is a considerable difference, Winthrop attorneys argued, between a flavored salt and mineral lick designed to attract wild deer and Monster Cable's electric cable and connectors for wiring household electronics. California-based Monster Cable withdrew its trademark challenge after the Minneapolis attorneys filed a dismissal motion on behalf of Denco, an ethanol producer in Morris, Minn., that has been selling Monster Deer Block since 2005.

And in this corner

The nation's housing and lending crisis will be center stage at the Graves Hotel in Minneapolis during the Republican National Convention. According to, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be hosts of a reception at the Graves on Sept. 2, along with the Independent Community Bankers of America, the National Association of Homebuilders and the National Association of Realtors.

The dynamics of the event could be very interesting. Among those invited to the cocktail party are some of the same House Republicans who last week shook down Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson about the Bush administration's plan to bail out tottering mortgage buyers, the website reported.

Next Grisham novel?

Speaking of the housing and lending crisis, a survey by a division of Eden Prairie-based Kroll Ontrack suggests that potential jurors would have little sympathy for subprime lenders if lawsuits concerning lending practices went to trial.

Nine out of 10 respondents said they believe companies that issued subprime loans abandoned their lending practices and took risks. Nearly half disagreed with the argument that companies "would not knowingly" make loans to people who couldn't pay them back. And three-fourths said it would be wrong for the government to bail out those lenders.

The nationwide survey was conducted by TrialGraphix/Kroll Ontrack.

Ad interns

The Minneapolis ad agency Fallon is teaming up with the Miami Ad School to provide real-world experience to second-year students in the school's two-year program. Selected candidates will work at Fallon on real-world projects for 10-week stints. The first slate of seven includes students from the Miami Ad School's campuses in Miami, Minneapolis and Madrid. Fallon calls the program "AdKare."


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