Divorcee wins mixer after 12-year case

By Lawyers Weekly|03 March 2012

In a divorce case that has dragged out over 12 years, a woman in New York has finally gained what she wanted from the settlement - a mixer.But the mixer, reports AP, isn't something she can now…

In a divorce case that has dragged out over 12 years, a woman in New York has finally gained what she wanted from the settlement - a mixer.

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But the mixer, reports AP, isn't something she can now display proudly on her kitchen bench ... it's six feet high and weighs two tons.

The commercial mixer, the Artofax, is a machine developed in Switzerland and Karin Seruga has been fighting for the right to manufacture and sell it as part of her bakery machine-making business, Seruga's Excellent Bakery Equipment Co, in Fairfield, near New York City.

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Her former husband, Richard Zinn, claimed there has been a trademark infringement and has been attempting to stop her producing the machine because he runs a competing business 20 miles away, in Fair Lawn, called Zinn's Excalibur Bagel and Bakery Equipment. He claimed he retained the trademark to produce the Artofax when their shared business - and marriage - collapsed. She claimed she did.

Zinn's lawyers claimed Seruga was "pursuing a matrimonial action in the guise of a trademark dispute".

Seruga denied this, saying "It was a matter of money. Business is business and you don't step on someone else's territory."

A Federal judge agreed with Seruga and awarded her a hefty $US570,000 ($628,000). And that's a lot of dough in anyone's book.

Folklaw believes that hell hath no fury like a woman, er, sconed.

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