Trademarks

Hooters Suing Escort Service, Craigslist Over Ads Seeking to Hire "Hooters Girls"

That feature photos of Hooters waitresses, ad was changed to "Kooters" but the photos remained

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Hooters of America, the restaurant chain known for its skimpily clad waitresses, is suing a Florida escort service it says tarnished Hooters' trademarks as it sought to hire away its employees.

The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, says that Nikki's Escort Service and its proprietor Nikki Swafford posted ads on the Tampa site of Craigslist.com stating: "Now Hiring Hooters Girls $100 Per Hour."

The ads were accompanied by a photo of women wearing the chain's official uniform