Sesame Workshop Drops Puppet Movie Trademark Suit

The producer of “Sesame Street” has abandoned a trademark infringement lawsuit against a puppet-based detective film starring Melissa McCarthy.

Sesame Workshop dropped its claims one day after the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York refused to grant its request for a pre-trial restraining order against the makers of “The Happytime Murders.”

The children’s programmer objected to a preview trailer featuring “explicit, profane, drug-using misogynistic, violent, copulation, and even ejaculating puppets, along with the tagline ‘NO SESAME. ALL STREET.’”

The lawsuit alleged the trailer infringed the “Sesame Street” trademark and tarnished the reputation of the renowned children’sshow.

Sesame Workshop’s voluntary dismissal was “without prejudice,” meaning it could file another future lawsuit with the same claims.

Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman LLP represented Sesame Workshop. Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP represented STX Productions LLC, the producer of “The Happytime Murders.”

The case is Sesame Workshop v. STX Prods., LLC, S.D.N.Y., No. 18-4597, voluntarily dismissed 6/1/18).

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