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Des Moines beer company sues apartment complex over name

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- There's little dispute that Des Moines' history starts with its location at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers.
   But the use of the geographic term has prompted a local brewery to file a trademark lawsuit seeking to stop an apartment complex from using the word in their name.
   The Des Moines Register reports that Confluence Brewing Company filed a trademark lawsuit and motion for an injunction Friday against Confluence on 3rd apartments.
   John Martin is co-founder of Confluence Brewing. Martin says there's been confusion in the marketplace over the two entities' names.
   Jeff Koch, a principal partner for the developer, said the companies operate in different sectors, and he hasn't experienced any confusion.

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