Miller sues store chain, clothing maker over knockoff T-shirts
July 21, 2004 - Miller Brewing Co., long the user of the expression "It's Miller Time," has sued Nordstrom Inc. for selling T-shirts that say "It's Mullet Time" and "Mullet Low Life."
Miller filed the suit in federal court, stating Seattle-based department story chain infringed on Miller's trademarks by selling the shirts. The suit also names Brandlab, Inc., a Los Angeles clothing maker. "Mullet" is a term for a haircut that is short in the front and on top and long in the back.
Miller has sold beer under the "Miller High Life" brand for more than a century. Miller claims that the T-shirt designs are "nearly identical" to Miller's trademarks.
The suit asks that the shirts no longer be sold. It also requests unspecified damages.