DARTMOUTH, N.S.—He stood up. And now he’s gained.
A Halifax-area barber who accused a nationwide chain of choosing on the little man by demanding that he change the title of his enterprise now not has to fret a few authorized menace.
“I used to be so blissful that they dropped it,” Thong Luong mentioned when contacted by telephone late Thursday evening.
“They’re a giant firm so I didn’t wish to combat with them. I didn’t understand how far we may get.”
The Tommy Gun’s Authentic Barbershop chain introduced Thursday that it was backing down towards Luong, the proprietor of Tommy’s Barber Store, saying now that he’s “properly inside his authorized rights” to proceed utilizing the title.
“The whole Tommy Gun’s workforce sincerely apologizes for the cease-and-desist letter that was introduced to Mr. Luong,” mentioned the assertion issued at 9:30 p.m. ADT Thursday. “Now that we’ve got all the related info, we don’t intend to pursue this matter any additional. Mr. Luong is properly inside his authorized rights to make use of his title for his barbershop.”
The letter by Michael Hansen, company counsel for TG Company Holdings Ltd., ended with: “I’ve reached out to Mr. Luong and sit up for talking with him quickly. We apologize for any undue stress this will have triggered him and our native enterprise homeowners within the Halifax/Dartmouth space.”
In an earlier interview with Luong on Thursday morning from inside his Dartmouth, N.S. barbershop, he mentioned he was shocked by the ultimatum that was delivered to him in a letter from Tommy Gun’s on Tuesday. Tommy Gun’s advised Luong that he had change his title by Could 22, or it will sue.
“They’re a giant firm, in case you see their store you possibly can not imagine how good they make every thing, you already know? Why they go right here and decide on a bit man like me?” Luong mentioned in that first interview.
The nationwide chain Tommy Gun’s web site states it has “70+ areas throughout Canada and world wide.”
Partially, the letter from Tommy Gun’s to Luong learn: “Please affirm, in writing, to the undersigned, no later than Could 22 that you’ve got discontinued use of the title Tommy’s Barber Store. Do you have to fail to adjust to this demand we reserve the best to avail ourselves of all treatments accessible at regulation.”
Tommy Gun’s filed for a Canadian trademark in 2009, six years after Luong registered his enterprise. Luong mentioned he selected the title Tommy’s as a result of it’s simpler for his purchasers to say and keep in mind than his first title, Thong.
He immigrated to Canada from Vietnam in 1984. He mentioned his household was rich again dwelling and he was spoiled — he had by no means even held a brush, not to mention used one. However when he arrived in Canada, he needed to study English and work 90-hour weeks as a cleaner and safety guard to assist himself.
Round 2001, he went to barber college and in 2003 opened his little store on Albro Lake Street in Dartmouth. The identical yr, Luong registered his firm with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Inventory Corporations and has renewed yearly since, based on the registry’s database.
After 15 years as Tommy, Luong mentioned he, his three youngsters and his purchasers are endeared to the title. When the cease-and-desist letter arrived, Luong mentioned his children, who’re 12, 14, and 17 years previous, have been anxious.
Tommy Gun’s had justified its request by saying the shared title of Tommy would confuse purchasers and that Tommy Gun’s has “developed important goodwill related to the (title), not simply in Halifax however throughout Canada.”
After going public along with his story on Wednesday to the CBC, Luong mentioned he had acquired an outpouring of assist the general public, which included clients and even different barbershops within the Halifax area.
However even with this victory, Luong wonders if they may strive once more someday down the highway.
“They mentioned they’d let it go, however I don’t know.”