A South Carolina lawyer has sued his son for starting a law firm with the same name. George Sink Jr. might be the son’s legal name—but it’s weird for him to use it, his father alleges.
Father and son, both named George Sink, used to work together at “George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers”, but when George Sink Jr. left the firm, he launched an own practice with a similar name: “George Sink II”.
Now his father states the move constitutes trademark infringement, unfair competition, cybersquatting, unfair trade practice and dilution. “George Sink Jr. might be his legal name, but it’s weird for him to use it”, his father alleges.
“The goal is not to keep my son from practicing law,” his father states. However, when consumers look for George Sink PA Injury Lawyers®, they must be confident they will find the firm they seek.”
Meanwhile, the younger Sink’s firm has its own website. At the bottom, along with standard legal jargon, the page also includes an unusual disclaimer: “This firm is not at all associated with George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers or George Sink, Sr. (well, besides the founder of George Sink Law Firm, LLC being the son of and former employee of George Sink, Sr.).”