American Specialty Health sues company with similar name for trademark infringement

American Specialty Health based in San Diego is suing American Specialty Healthcare of Modesto, Calif., which operates Central Valley Specialty Hospital also in Modesto, for trademark infringement, according to ModBee.

The San Diego-based company, which claims it registered a trademark on American Specialty Health more than 10 years ago, is seeking financial damages and an account of profits from the Modesto-based organization. In addition, American Specialty Health wants American Specialty Healthcare to change its name.

"Our company has spent millions of dollars building brand awareness for its nationally recognized health services under the name American Specialty Health," John Dabney, an attorney representing American Specialty Health, told ModBee.

Additionally, Mr. Dabney argues the trademark infringement creates confusion for consumers, and American Specialty Healthcare has reaped benefits from using the American Specialty name.

American Specialty Healthcare CEO Gia Smith disputes the allegations, arguing the company also trademarked its name, according to the report. 

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