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Published January 26, 2006

Panel to discuss issues facing Katrina victims

A panel will discuss issues facing displaced residents of the regions affected by Hurricane Katrina will be held by the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning today at 3 p.m. in the Henderson Room of the Michigan League.

The panel will feature School of Social Work Prof. Sandra Danziger, Gordon Whitman of the PICO National Network and Sarah Bookbinder, a University law student who has recently returned from the Gulf Coast.

Party celebrates book release with wine, cheese

A wine and cheese party will be held to celebrate the release of Steven Tuck's new book "Latin Inscriptions in the Kelsey Museum The Dennison & De Criscio Collections" at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology today at 5 p.m.

Ballroom Dance Club will offer free lessons

The Ballroom Dance Club will give dance lessons at Leonardo's in Pierpont Commons today from 8 to 9 p.m. The class will be followed by an open dance period from 9 to 11 p.m.

Crime notes

High schoolers caught trespassing in tunnel network

Two high school students were arrested Tuesday afternoon for illegally entering the University's steam tunnels near the Edward Henry Kraus Building, the Department of Public Safety reported.

Drunken vandal arrested in Couzens

A student was arrested yesterday at 2:39 a.m. for breaking a window in Couzens Residence Hall while in possession of alcohol. Two subjects accompanying the student were cited for alcohol possession, DPS reported.

This Day In Daily History

Zingerman's takes its beef with Amer's to court

January 26, 1993 - The owners of Zingerman's Delicatessen and Amer's Mediterranean Deli agreed that their establishments are similar - but their agreements end there.

The extensive similarities between the delis are the subject of a lawsuit filed by Zingerman's in November. Zingerman's is accusing Amer's of trade dress - duplicating its style and atmosphere.

Ari Weinzweig, co-owner of Zingerman's, said he delayed filing suit until Amer's opened another deli on State Street in November because the similarities became "more blatant."

"It became clear to us that we had to act to address their trade dress," he said.

Trade dress - the main accusation in the lawsuit - appears to have been interpreted differently by the two parties.

"Trade dress is a business's distinctive style of doing business," Weinzwig said, claiming that Amer's copied Zingerman's style.

Erik Whittle, promotions director for Amer's, said trade dress does not apply because "Zingerman's did not have people go out and design anything."

"Everything they have there has been present in delis for a century," he said.

Bathish and Whittle claim Zingerman's is filing suit because it fears competition.

"I believe that they were and are unprepared to compete in the market and are trying to keep a viable competitor at bay," Whittle said.

But Weinzweig denied Bathish's allegations.

"They're entitled to sell any product they want," he said. "This is not in any way about competition. We welcome competition. We like competition."

Weinzweig said although some monetary compensation would be included in the suit, the main goal is to have Amer's "immediately stop trade dress infringement."

Bathish said he thinks the monetary compensation was the main reason for the lawsuit.

"It all boils down to money," he said.