Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative activist, had no objection when her nephew, Tom, began producing a craft beer under the family name.
Not a beer drinker herself, Schlafly "didn’t have a problem when the business was in the family," said her son, Andrew.
Twenty years later, the St. Louis-based brewery has continued to expand, and now the private equity firm that is majority owner wants to trademark "Schlafly" to protect its brand.
What’s in a name? Legal trouble.
The federal agency that oversees trademarks is being asked to wade into a dispute within the prominent family and decide whether ...