Bath & Body Works sues over Twilight toiletries

Wed Mar 9, 2011 9:04pm EST
 

By Eriq Gardner

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Bath & Body Works is suing the distributor of the "Twilight" films, hoping to get a declaratory judgment that its "Twilight Woods" line of lotions, shower gels and other products doesn't infringe the trademark on the hit vampire franchise.

This might be the best toiletry-related lawsuit since Johnny Carson's estate won a permanent injunction to stop "Here's Johnny Portable Toilets" in December.

The retailer says it's under threat from Summit Entertainment because its lotions and other bathroom products allegedly rip off the design and color palate of "Twilight" promo materials.

Confusion in the marketplace? Summit allegedly thinks so. Now Bath & Body Works has beat Summit to the courthouse to stake its claim in federal court in Manhattan.

"The term 'Twilight' is used so as to evoke the idea of a particular time of day when the sun is just below the horizon, illuminating the landscape," the lawsuit says. "Whereas defendant uses the term 'Twilight' to refer to defendant's teen vampire saga."

Sounds downright relaxing, unlike the other big trademark case in the news -- the one where Lady Gaga is threatening to sue a British vendor of breast milk ice cream named "Baby Gaga." Bath & Body Works executives presumably never told anyone they had the potential to smell like Rob Pattinson. Obviously, that would reek of trouble.