The behemoth San Diego Comic-Con sued the burgeoning Salt Lake Comic Con on Aug. 7 in Southern California's U.S. District Court, claiming that the names are too similar. As San Diego sees it, people might be confused into thinking the two events are affiliated.
Salt Lake Comic Con officially rebuked that notion on Monday. In its response to the lawsuit, the Salt Lake organizers reiterated their long-held stance that "comic con" is generic. More than 24 other conventions around the country use it as well.
In that filing, Salt Lake Comic Con demanded the matter go before a jury.
In a separate filing last week, Salt Lake Comic Con's co-defendant, MediaOne, was granted an extension to respond to San Diego's lawsuit.
MediaOne which is a sponsor of Salt Lake Comic Con, and which prints the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News is engaged in settlement negotiations to be dropped from the lawsuit, according to court documents.