U.S. News | American Association for Justice Sues Competitor over Trademark Infringement

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The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Association of American Trial Lawyers (AOATL) alleging trademark infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant’s name and abbreviation was intentionally confusing consumers in the United States.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff claimed that AAJ was formerly named the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA).

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant is infringing its ‘ATLA’ trademark which was registered since 1976 covering organising of seminars and meetings for attorneys.

According to the plaintiff, a cease and desist letter was sent in December 2018 asking that the organisation stop the use of its allegedly infringing name.

Following the letter, AOATL filed an application at the US Patent and Trademark Office requesting to register AOATL as a service mark covering advertising agencies specialising in law, according to the complaint.

The plaintiff alleges that the use of the mark has caused lots of damages, unfair competition and confusion deceiving potential customers.

The plaintiff seeks permanent injunction.

The case is ongoing.


District Of Columbia District Court
Judge:Richard J Leon
Case #:1:19-cv-01944
Nature of SuitTrademark
CauseTrademark Infringement
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