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A New York judge has ruled that Gristedes owner John Catsimatidis committed trademark infringement when he renamed one of his stores “Trader John’s” and redesigned it to look like a nearby Trader Joe’s.

The suit was brought earlier this week by Trader Joe’s, which called it a “blatant attempt to confuse consumers and capitalize on Trader Joe's hard-earned goodwill.”

Catsimatidis had defended his move by saying, “My name is John. I've been a trader all my life, and we don't think we've done anything wrong. We're on the other side of Fifth Avenue. It's a different world.”

But the judge didn’t buy it.

Local news reports say that Catsimatidis has covered up the “Trader” on the sign, and is looking for a new adjective to replace it that won’t irritate the competition.

KC's View:
I think it is a pretty good bet that it never will be Mayor John, which is what Catsimatidis says is his ultimate goal – to run New York City.

Ain’t gonna happen.