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The Federal Reporter
Source type: government document
Document type: case report, U.S. Circuit Court
Document title: “Halstead et al. v. John C. Winston Co. et al.”
Author(s): anonymous
Volume number: 111
Publisher: West Publishing Co.
Place of publication: St. Paul, Minnesota
Year of publication: 1902
Pagination: 35-36

“Halstead et al. v. John C. Winston Co. et al.” The Federal Reporter. Vol. 111. St. Paul: West Publishing, 1902: pp. 35-36.
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McKinley memorialization (books: litigation); Murat Halstead.
Named persons
Joseph T. Bunting; Hector T. Fenton; Murat Halstead; William C. Hannis; William McKinley; John B. McPherson.
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Halstead et al. v. John C. Winston Co. et al.


(Circuit Court, E. D. Pennsylvania. October 21, 1901.)


     A temporary restraining order will not be granted to prevent the issuance by defendants of circulars describing a book published by them which is written by the same author and upon the same subject as a book previously published by complainant, where such circulars contain no legally objectionable statements, and no fraudulent conduct on the part of defendants is shown, merely because such circulars may possibly confuse the public and cause some injury to complainant.

     In Equity. On motion for restraining order.
     Hector T. Fenton, for complainants.
     Jos. T. Bunting and Wm. C. Hannis, for respondents.

     J. B. McPHERSON, District Judge. It is, no doubt, possible that the circulars described in the bill may do the complainants some [35][36] harm. The public may confuse the book referred to by the circulars with the book published by the complainants, and the sale of the latter may thereby be injured. But the possibility of confusion is due to the fact that Mr. Halstead is the author of both these books, which are on the same subject,—the life and public career of President McKinley; and since the circulars, which refer to the first book written by Mr. Halstead, and not to the book published by the complainants, contain no legally objectionable statement, and since no evidence of fraudulent conduct on the part of the defendants has thus far been made to appear, I see no sufficient reason for interference by the court at this stage of the proceeding. For the present, the complainants must themselves take the trouble to set right such confusion as may exist, and to explain clearly to the public that the defendants’ circulars do not refer to Mr. Halstead’s second book, but to the book which was first issued in 1896. No question of copyright or unfair competition is involved.
     The restraining order is refused.