Over 15 years after Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s death, his widow is taking his son to court for a fiery battle.
Teresa Earnhardt has been battling her late husband’s son and his wife over the use of the family name.
Kerry Earnhardt is Dale Sr.’s son from his first marriage, and Teresa’s stepson. Kerry and his wife, René, have been working with house manufacturing company Schumacher Homes to promote a special line of custom homes called the “Earnhardt Collection”.
Earlier this year, the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board dismissed a claim filed by Teresa Earnhardt trying to block their ability to trademark the name “Earnhardt Collection”. In the board’s dismissal, they stated “The opposer did not offer any testimony or evidence that the goods and services in the registrations were related to applicant’s goods and services.”
This battle between stepmother and stepson has been ongoing for nearly four years and has even garnered frustration from Kerry’s half-siblings, saying that they “hate” he has to deal with “this nonsense” and exclaiming that he has a right to the name he was born with.
Now, the widow of the racing legend, and president of Dale Earnhardt Inc., is ramping up for another wave of legal action against her stepson — this time having her attorney fire off a statement trying to solidify her position.
According to ESPN.com, the law firm that represents Teresa Earnhardt provided a statement that said:
“The naming of any project called ‘Earnhardt Collection’ causes confusion as being associated with Dale Earnhardt, as the Dale Earnhardt brands and marks are so diverse across multiple industries and philanthropic causes.”
While it appears she’s trying to protect interests in Dale Earnhardt Inc., it brings into question the validity of her claims in the public eye.
What do you think of her fight toward disallowing Kerry to use the name? Do you believe his use of the name is confusing?
Let us know in the comments and watch the promo video for the Earnhardt Collection below!
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