The Day Hollywood, California sued Hollywood, Maryland ??

David

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A co-worker told me this story probably 30+ years and ago and it just came to mind, so I thought I would throw it out to see if anyone knew anything about it.

Supposedly, many decades ago (I'm thinking it was 60's or 70's) the city of Hollywood, California undertook a mission to become the only Hollywood in the USA. Towards this end they sued all other Hollywoods to force them to stop using the name; I think the legal basis was copyright. When Hollywood, Maryland was sued, they reportedly won the suit by pointing out this info:

Hollywood is an unincorporated community located within St. Mary's County, Maryland.[1] It was named in 1867, when a storeowner at Thompson's General Store near the Uniontown section of Hollywood required a name for the post office inside the store. The storeowner was inspired by the gigantic holly tree planted in front of the store and named the post office Hollywood. [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood,_Maryland ]

Hollywood, California was incorporated as a municipality in 1903. [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood ]

Although, the California town was formed more than a decade earlier than its Maryland counterpart:

Hollywood was established in 1853, with a single adobe hut on land outside Los Angeles, California. [ https://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h3871.html ]

Any old timers have any facts about this? Real story or just some old wive's tail?
 

Ken King

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If they did, wouldn't they have to go after AL, FL, GA, and SC too? There are probably more out there.
 

KatieMiller

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That's so ridiculous! So that could mean that the very first city named Washington in the US could sue the other 87 cities named that? Or the first Springfield sue the other 40? Or the first Franklin sue the other 34? Or the first Greenville sue the other 33? It could go on and on and on with all the cities named the same throughout the United States. What a catastrophe that would be!
 

Clem72

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Just sounds like a story someone would make up to tell visitors/new comers whenever they remark on the name of the town "Hollywood? Like in California?".

Besides, I couldn't find it on casesearch. /s
 

LightRoasted

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A co-worker told me this story probably 30+ years and ago and it just came to mind, so I thought I would throw it out to see if anyone knew anything about it.

Supposedly, many decades ago (I'm thinking it was 60's or 70's) the city of Hollywood, California undertook a mission to become the only Hollywood in the USA. Towards this end they sued all other Hollywoods to force them to stop using the name; I think the legal basis was copyright. When Hollywood, Maryland was sued, they reportedly won the suit by pointing out this info:

Hollywood is an unincorporated community located within St. Mary's County, Maryland.[1] It was named in 1867, when a storeowner at Thompson's General Store near the Uniontown section of Hollywood required a name for the post office inside the store. The storeowner was inspired by the gigantic holly tree planted in front of the store and named the post office Hollywood. [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood,_Maryland ]

Hollywood, California was incorporated as a municipality in 1903. [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood ]

Although, the California town was formed more than a decade earlier than its Maryland counterpart:

Hollywood was established in 1853, with a single adobe hut on land outside Los Angeles, California. [ https://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h3871.html ]

Any old timers have any facts about this? Real story or just some old wive's tail?
Wasn't Hollywood California originally "Hollywoodland"?
 

awpitt

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A co-worker told me this story probably 30+ years and ago and it just came to mind, so I thought I would throw it out to see if anyone knew anything about it.

Supposedly, many decades ago (I'm thinking it was 60's or 70's) the city of Hollywood, California undertook a mission to become the only Hollywood in the USA. Towards this end they sued all other Hollywoods to force them to stop using the name; I think the legal basis was copyright. When Hollywood, Maryland was sued, they reportedly won the suit by pointing out this info:

Hollywood is an unincorporated community located within St. Mary's County, Maryland.[1] It was named in 1867, when a storeowner at Thompson's General Store near the Uniontown section of Hollywood required a name for the post office inside the store. The storeowner was inspired by the gigantic holly tree planted in front of the store and named the post office Hollywood. [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood,_Maryland ]

Hollywood, California was incorporated as a municipality in 1903. [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood ]

Although, the California town was formed more than a decade earlier than its Maryland counterpart:

Hollywood was established in 1853, with a single adobe hut on land outside Los Angeles, California. [ https://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h3871.html ]

Any old timers have any facts about this? Real story or just some old wive's tail?

Rodney Thompson told me this story around 1990. About the law suite and such. As the story goes, it did involve Hollywood FL as well.
 
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