Burger Beast Responds To Miami-Dade Cease and Desist

Short Order – Miami New Times Blog | May 27, 2011

Late yesterday, we received a copy of the reply to the county drafted by Burger Beast’s attorney, Luis Andre Gazitua. He explains (rather humorously) that Burger Beast is “a Miami Food Blogger who writes about his food experiences. He is not a chef. He does not sell food — he eats it.” Gazitua then gets down to legaleze and states that Burger Beast’s Miami Food Truck logo was a parody, which is a defense to trademark infringement. He then proceeds to cite several cases in which companies have lost trademark infringement lawsuits as a result of a “parody” defense. He also brings up the “Wade County” logo, which is also a parody of the Miami-Dade logo that Miami-Dade seems to be OK with.

Luis Andre Gazitua, a lawyer, and Miami Lobbyist, specializing in government affairs, authored the strong-mayor charter amendment approved by the voters in January 2007. 

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Luis is an experienced procurement lawyer and Miami lobbyist serving elected officials, businesses, international clients, and trade associations. He regularly appears before local and state government in order to advance complex objectives for clients against competing interests. He has weathered various competitive processes in Florida including Home Rule Charter Amendments, Recalls, Local, State and Federal campaigns.