Bar name dispute continues in federal court

The defendant in a federal lawsuit over two competing bars with the same name will make his case Wednesday to dissolve a preliminary injunction.

U.S. District Judge Randal Hall said in May that the defendant, Christopher Griffin, had to stop using the name and logo Tipsey McStumbles to identify his Aiken pub. Griffin was a former business partner of the plaintiff, Michael Anglin, who opened the first Tipsey McStumbles on Seventh Street in 2010.

Neither Griffin nor an attorney appeared at a hearing to grant the preliminary injunction. Griffin said later in court papers that he was never served with a notice of the hearing and, as such, the preliminary injunction was null and void.

Hall makes it clear in his order for Wednesday’s hearing, however, that arguments will be limited to whether the injunction should continue, not whether it was properly issued.