California man sues over Missouri amusement park ride name
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A California man who once turned his garage into a haunted house is seeking to block a Missouri amusement park from naming its water ride the “Mystic River Falls” because he alleges it’s too close to the “Mystic Motel” name he dubbed his own attraction.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Scott D’Avanzo argues that Silver Dollar City should change the name of the ride that opens next summer to avoid confusion and unfair competition.
Silver Dollar City sued in response, saying in court documents filed this month that it doesn’t believe its multi-million-dollar ride will be mistaken for the haunted house D’Avanzo created in 2013 at his Orange County home.
The lawsuit says D’Avanzo’s haunted house is no longer operational, and the “Mystic Motel” name doesn’t appear to be in use.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com