Thursday, May 1, 2008

WET nightclub sued by RED BULL + former employees

WET nightclub was ordered to pay more than $500,000 in damages after people working undercover for Red Bull ordered drinks that mixed Red Bull with vodka but were served another energy drink.

The judgment against the Wet nightclub, 209 W. Lake St., marked the fourth time Red Bull has successfully sued bars over its trademark in the past 12 months.

The case involving Wet began in September 2004, when Angela Latino, a Red Bull manager, went into the nightclub and ordered Absolut vodka with Red Bull. Instead, she got a cocktail made with a different energy drink. Latino asked the bartender if it was made with Red Bull from a can. The bartender replied that it was made with "something like Red Bull from the gun," according to a filing in the U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Also, in July 2007 Wet's owners also were sued in federal court in Chicago by four employees who claimed they were not paid. A judge last month ordered that they be paid about $28,000.

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