Niko Niko’s Files Trademark Lawsuit Against Competing Restaurant in Houston
March 1, 2011

HOUSTON – Lawyers at the Houston law firm AZA have filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit in order to protect the legal rights for the owners of Houston’s most-popular Greek Mediterranean restaurant Niko Niko’s, LLC.

The lawsuit alleges that Nico’s Mediterranean Grill in Webster, Texas, is infringing Niko Niko’s registered service mark. According to the legal complaint, Nico’s Mediterranean founder Nicos Zanicos has misled customers to falsely believe that his restaurant in Webster is part of the Niko Niko’s family, and that the untrue claims have been repeated on several popular restaurant review websites.

The lawsuit says Mr. Zanicos deliberately deceived customers in an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Niko Niko’s. Mr. Zanicos previously sought to franchise with Niko Niko’s, but was turned down before opening up the competing restaurant in late 2010, according to the court filing.

Niko Niko’s is represented by AZA name partner John Zavitsanos and firm associate Tiffany Isaac.

The lawsuit, Niko Niko’s LLC v. Nico’s Mediterranean Grill, No. 4:11-cv-776, was filed Friday, March 4, 2011, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston.

AZA is a Houston-based law firm that is home to true courtroom lawyers with a formidable track record in complex commercial litigation including energy, intellectual property, securities fraud, construction, and business dispute cases. AZA is one of only 32 firms in the U.S. to be recognized as “awesome opponents” in a nationwide poll of corporate general counsel who were asked to name the law firms they hope their companies never have to face in court. In fact, AZA has been hired often by the same companies the firm has prevailed against at trial. More information about the firm can be found at

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