'Cupcake Wars' judge settles Conn. name lawsuit

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 7 at 7:07 PM

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A judge on the Food Network reality television show "Cupcake Wars" has resolved her lawsuit with a Connecticut cupcake store over its name.

Candace Nelson's company, Sprinkles Cupcakes, settled its federal trademark infringement lawsuit against a store named Pink Sprinkles last week. The lawsuit claimed the similarity in names was likely to cause confusion in the marketplace.

An attorney and a spokesman for Pink Sprinkles say the store in Fairfield will now be called Pink Cupcake Shack.

The lawsuit said Sprinkles Cupcakes opened its first store in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2005 and became a national phenomenon as the cupcakes were featured on shows hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart. Pink Sprinkles opened in 2009.

An attorney for Sprinkles Cupcakes hasn't returned a message left Tuesday seeking comment.

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