Glee fans in the UK are facing
the prospect of the series being taken off the air due to a legal battle over the
The situation arises from a
breach of trademark claim filed by the owner of a British chain of comedy
The Glee Club franchise of four
clubs was launched in 1990s by Mark Tughan, prior to the advent of the hit
Tughan claims that the
shared name is damaging his brand and was bad for business, the BBC reports.
"People are poisioned
before they even get to us and it’s not something I can sit idly by and ignore
it as its causing real damage to my business."
Tughan said that he initially
held off taking action against the Fox show, which began in 2009, because he
thought the show would might fade out.
However the series, now in
it’s third season, has become one of the most popular shows and has spawned a
franchise including albums and musical downloads.
The injunction sought by
Tughan could prevent the show screening in the UK, with tens of millions of
dollars potentially at stake for Fox, the judge said.
Tughan said he was not
thinking of the money and was taking the action “reluctantly”.
Fox is challenging Tughan’s trademark and launching a counter claim.