In last week’s episode of “As the Drink Freezes,” the barristers for a giant New England lemonade chain darkly hinted they might sue itty-bitty Deb’s Frozen Lemonade, which is operated by an octogenarian mother and her middle-aged daughter right here in little old traintown.
The problem was their logo — “Deb’s” — scrawled in green across a yellow lemon with some leaves. The heavy-handed Yankees warned Joyce and Debra Castelli that it infringed upon the registered trademarks of Rhode Island-based Del’s Lemonade.
So last week, Joyce Castelli, 83, took a train to Providence to look the big-time lemonade lawyer straight in the eye. They had a meeting in his office Monday, which probably cost Del’s a bundle.
Meanwhile, back in Roanoke, some local legal heavyweights contacted daughter Debra Castelli. That’s why this week’s lemonade-opera episode is subtitled, “Is Woods Rogers Riding to the Rescue?”
Debra Castelli told me attorneys Joshua Long and Elizabeth Burgin Waller conference-called her at the lemonade stand Thursday after reading my column about Deb’s pucker-inducing plight. They raised the possibility that Woods Rogers could represent Deb’s in the dispute for free, Debra Castelli said. Neither lawyer returned my calls this week.
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