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ATLA flap
« on: Nov 30th, 2007, 1:23pm »
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Anyone noticed the flap in the news today between the AAJ (for "American Association for Justice"? formerly ATLA -- American Trial Lawyers Association) and the new group calling itself "The American Trial Lawyers Association" or "TheATLA".   Unclean hands for TheATLA? No grounds for the AAJ?  They all need to sit down with some IP people?  They need to give some serious thought to how this makes litigators look to the public who already see them as unscruplulous leeches?  Currious to know what other people think, unless such discussions are inappropriate to this forum.
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Re: ATLA flap
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Here isa couple of tidbits from the Washington Post's article:
The AAJ brought suit in Minnisota for TM infringement.  Counsel for the AAJ is the current AAJ president's lawfirm.
The American College of Trial Attorrneys has brought a TM suit (in Alabama) against theATLA. The ACTA last sued over its name 35 years ago.  The defendant was a group calling itself the American Trial Lawyers Association. With the court's permission, the group adopted the name Association of Trial Lawyers of America -- which it kept until renaming itself AAJ last year.
(Note: It will be interesting to see how the abandonment arguments turn out since the AAJ publically announced it was changing its name.)
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Brent A. Capehart
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