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Judge compelling Wal-Mart buyers to give deposition ahead of Sturgis trademark dispute trial


RAPID CITY, South Dakota — A federal judge is requiring that two buyers for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. give a deposition next week ahead of an upcoming trademark dispute trial.

The four-year-old case pitting Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. against Rushmore Photo and Gifts and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is set to go to trial on Oct. 19.

U.S. Chief District Judge Jeffrey Viken on Thursday approved Sturgis Motorcycle Rally's motion to compel, setting up the deposition for Wednesday.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. sued Rushmore Photo and Gifts and Wal-Mart in 2011 over its Sturgis trademark. The group says that the trademark is needed to protect the quality of products connected with the rally that draws hundreds of thousands of people each year.

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