California man sues Silver Dollar City over name, because it's similar to his seasonal garage attraction

Posted Monday, October 28, 2019 3:00 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Documents filed last week in federal court say that a man named Scott D'Avanzo is trying to block Silver Dollar City from using the Mystic River Falls name, claiming it is too similar to the name D'Avanzo gave to the haunted house attraction he created out of his Orange County, California, home in 2013 called Mystic Motel.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 10:55 AM
Raven-Phile's avatar

There's a whole laundry list of places he is filing against. Mystic Lake Casino is another one.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:08 AM
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Next thing you know he’ll be suing a cow on Twitter.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:55 AM
Vater's avatar

I just named my garage "Fred." I'm currently compiling a list of guys named Fred who will soon be hearing from my lawyer.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:03 PM

The producers of Mystic Pizza are feeling pretty safe since the movie came out more than 30 years ago.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:24 PM
Vater's avatar

Fun read. This guy is full of...I think it's time to revisit a word once popular around these parts...asshattery.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:46 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

As long as he leaves Mystik Spiral alone.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:50 PM

This article delves into another fun detail:

Adrenalin Attractions is in development discussions with investors and amusement park vendors to build a Mystic City theme park at an undisclosed location in California, D’Avanzo said. The $2 billion theme park will feature 35 attractions including dark rides, roller coasters and a water ride, he said.

Anyone check to see if this guy is related to the enthusiast that claimed he was in serious talks to reopen SFNO several years ago?

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 1:51 PM

SDC could probably name their ride Mystic Motel and still win over this guy.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 2:19 PM
kpjb's avatar

Will there be a watermelon-kiwi flavored attraction at this new park?


Wednesday, November 6, 2019 2:31 PM

D'Avanzo said he has sent many letters to other businesses that are similar to the one he sent Silver Dollar City. He said his letters are usually followed by a phone call where the two parties can work out some parameters for use of the name.

He's a patent troll for entertainment companies.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:37 PM

Seems he also has a trademark for "Hillbilly Hollywood" and has sued Hollywood Casinos for, well, every name they have.

Also all the various Mystic Lake casinos and all of THEIR names.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 9:35 AM
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Trademark is pretty straight forward. You have to demonstrate that you used the mark in business first, and that other things that use it can create confusion in the marketplace. There's no reasonable way to prove that Silver Dollar City, which I can almost guarantee most Californians have never heard of, is creating confusion between their ride and this guy's garage.

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Friday, November 8, 2019 1:57 PM
Llama Drama's avatar

Oh man this is too funny, for several reasons...

Not just because of the guy having no case (obviously). When I first saw the title I swear I thought it read, "seasonal garbage attraction!

Also, as I view this page there is an ad for a book on Amazon, "Understanding Trademark Law". (google doing its thing)...

But yeah, this is about as dumb a lawsuit as it gets...

And I can say with utmost certainty, that this Ohioan would have never heard of this seasonal attraction, garbage or not, had it not been for this national news story resulting from him making a fool of himself.

And never, EVER, in a million years would I confuse some guy's garage in California for a wooden roller coaster in Ohio...

Friday, November 8, 2019 3:47 PM

Llama Drama said:

Also, as I view this page there is an ad for a book on Amazon, "Understanding Trademark Law". (google doing its thing)...

Lucky you. I'm just getting ads for the Mystic River movie - which might be next on his "to-sue" list.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 8:08 PM
LostKause's avatar

I'm getting an advertisement for a movie that is actually called Mystic River. The DVD is only $3.99!

I forgot to watch that one when it was popular. Heard it was good.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 10:33 PM
Tommytheduck's avatar

Funny, I just watched it last week.

I discovered the author, Dennis Lehane, about 6 months ago and have been reading his novels. Mystic River is a great novel, and the movie was good too. Very true to the book. Sean Penn won an Oscar for it.

He also wrote "Gone Baby Gone" which I haven't read yet, but the movie was one of the best crime dramas I've ever seen. The book is on my short list.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:20 PM
eightdotthree's avatar

Mystic River is a good watch.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 12:53 PM

Its even better if you watch it in the guy's garage.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:22 PM
Tommytheduck's avatar

I tried to find it at Silver Dollar City but no luck. I think I must have got the two confused.


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