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Prof. Irina Manta Quoted in Newsday on NYC Suit Over Unlicensed NYPD, FDNY Merchandise

Irina D. Manta, Professor of Law

LI’s Cop Shop store faces New York City lawsuit
By Ken Schachter
May 30, 2019

… The legal battle centers on The Cop Shop, a Massapequa business that sells NYPD and FDNY uniforms, T-shirts, baseball caps, coffee mugs and other merchandise.

New York City’s trademark enforcers say the business and its owners, Susan and Salvatore Piccolo, are infringing the trademarks of those agencies, including the NYPD insignia. …

Hofstra University law professor Irina Manta said that the licensing of government agency trademarks potentially raises questions of favoritism toward politically connected licensees and even free speech.

“This is dangerous terrain,” she said.

Read the full article on the Newsday website.

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