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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014, Posted On: 7/24/2014

Skee-Ball And Full Circle United End Lawsuits

Nick Montano
TAGS: Skee-Ball lawsuit, coin-op news, skeeball, skee-ball leagues, Skee-Ball Inc., Full Circle United LLC, Brewskee-Ball, Full Circle Bar, skee-ball competition, classic arcade game, bar game

CHALFONT, PA -- Skee-Ball Inc., the original maker of skee-ball alleys, and Full Circle United LLC, which runs leagues and tournaments on them, announced that they have reached a confidential settlement and licensing agreement. The settlement resolves existing lawsuits and legal claims between both companies.

In 2011, Skee-Ball Inc., the Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of skee-ball machines since 1909, sued the league for infringing its century-old trademark. However, the league claimed that it had made a verbal agreement with the company about six years earlier, so it countersued, arguing, among other things, that "skee-ball" is a generic term.

As a result of the settlement, Full Circle United will continue to "advance creative concepts," which includes competitive league play exclusively featuring official Skee-Ball equipment.

Full Circle United owns the trademark Brewskee-Ball, which now has skee-ball leagues nationwide. The creators of Brewskee-Ball, which has transformed the old arcade and boardwalk game into a contemporary tavern sport, opened the Full Circle Bar in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY, in 2005. That's where the first skee-ball league was formed, inspiring chapters around the country ever since.


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