The Bermudan rum maker filed claims for trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition under the Lanham Act, alleging Pernod is confusing consumers and capitalizing on Gosling's goodwill by promoting a recipe for Gosling's signature cocktail that calls for using Pernod's Malibu Island Spiced Rum instead of Gosling's brand.
Gosling says Pernod ran afoul of trademark law in October 2014 when it started promoting online a "Dark 'N Stormy cocktail" and a "confusingly similar" recipe for a "Black Stormy" cocktail, both made with Malibu Island Spiced Rum. Gosling says Pernod's infringing use includes a video on Youtube and the Malibu Rum website that "purports to teach consumers how to mix one of the defendant's unauthorized Dark 'N Stormy drinks using Malibu Rum."
There is a lot more legal manuvering over this going on that you can read more about at http://www.law360.com/articles/703237?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=articles_search
There are so many cocktails that are made with Ginger Beer, but if you put the names "Dark, Storm, or Stormy" in the name,you are in trouble. The vodka side of things has a "Moscow Mule" that is just vodka and ginger beer, and no troubles with anyone over the cocktail. Gosling got Kraken Rum to drop its "Kraken Storm" cocktail name for similar reasons. It will be interesting to see how this test comes out.