LAWSUITS: The Bar v. the Bank

San Francisco's many old-line bistros offer stiff competition to any newcomer, but the three-month-old Bar of America is booming. Reason: an unintentional publicity lift from the Bank of America, which hit with a lawsuit accusing the bar's owners of confusing the public, thereby cashing in on the reputation of the nation's largest bank. Insists Jerry Dal Bozzo, one of five investors in the bar: "We just thought it was a good name."

In July the investors won approval for a $40,000 loan from the Bank of America, only to have it withdrawn when...

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