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Sunday, March 19, 2017

University Of Houston Law School Spent $500k In Attorneys' Fees In Trademark Dispute With South Texas Law School; More Fees Are Coming With Houston Astros On Deck

UHSTHAFollowing up on last week's post, Settlement Finalized In University Of Houston And South Texas Houston Law Schools Trademark Dispute; Houston Astros Are On Deck:  Houston Chronicle, What's in a Name? $500K in Legal Fees For UH Over Law School Dispute:

The University of Houston spent more than $500,000 on legal fees challenging a crosstown rival law school's new name over the past 10 months in a federal trademark dispute finally resolved through mediation, a university spokesman said Friday.

But the costs may continue to mount as UH faces potential trademark challenges from the Houston Astros and Houston Community College over its attempt to claim the word "Houston" for educational purposes.

UH filed a federal lawsuit against South Texas College of Law after it announced a name change to Houston College of Law. South Texas was hoping to raise its national stature with the new name, but UH contended that prospective law students would be confused by the similarity of the name and color schemes used by the two colleges.

When U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison ruled that UH was likely to succeed with its lawsuit, the 93-year-old private institution settled on a different name, South Texas College of Law Houston, that was acceptable to UH.

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