Legal action taken by KFC

11-05-2007 | | |
Legal action taken by KFC

Fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has threatened legal action against remote country pub, The Tan Hill Inn.

A tradition to serve the “Family Feast” turkey meal each Christmas may come to an end for Tan Hill Inn in Yorkshire Dales, England. KFC claims use of the name “Family Feast” breaches the registered trademark for its Family Feast meal, a bucket of chicken, chips, coleslaw, potato and 1.25 litre soft drink.
Tracy Daly, licensee of the inn, which has been a hostelry for over 400 years, says: “They are a multimillion-pound, international organisation and I am a little lady up a mountain.”
Daly received a letter from London solicitors Freshfields warning them to drop the name. A spokesman for KFC said: “Family Feast is a registered trade mark of Kentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) Limited. KFC devotes significant resources to promoting and protecting its trade marks.
“KFC has spoken to Daly at the Tan Hill Inn and confirmed that it will not take this case any further. This means that Daly can continue to use the phrase “family feast” on the pub’s Christmas menu. It’s an unusual situation that has been blown out of all proportion.”
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