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More Legal Troubles for the NFL; Retired Player Files Class Action to Protect Retirees’ Images

UPDATE: On July 13 th , ex-Green Bay Packer, Darrell Thompson, filed a similar class action lawsuit in the District of Minnesota. View or download the complaint filed in Thompson v. NFL, 11-01900 (D. Minn. 07-13-11) . Sports Illustrated called NFL Films "the most effective propaganda organ...

A Strange Trademark Menu: Hamburgers, Chick-fil-A and Bo Jackson

Last week, N'Genuity Enterprises sued Chick-fil-A for trademark infringement. The oddities (I mean "facts") of the case involve ex-professional athlete Bo Jackson, the "Bo Burger," and the talking cow from the Chick-fil-A commercials. N'Genuity and Bo Jackson came to...

Ohio State University Has a Taste for Poultry in Trademark Dispute, Claims “O-H-I-O” Is Going to the Birds

Trademarks once again prove the great unifier between chicken and athletics. Last August, it brought together Bo Jackson and Chick-fil-A . Now, football powerhouse Ohio State University has its trademark sights set on poultry manufacturer, Park Farms. Yesterday, Ohio State filed a trademark complaint...

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: The National Football League Decides to "Just Do It"

Though the news of Nike's exclusive deal with the NFL broke some time ago, the agreement will officially go into full effect this month and the look of Monday Night Football is about to change. Replacing adidas, this will be the first time that Nike, who was a NFL supplier in the mid-nineties and...

Football Powerhouse, University of Alabama, Suffers Defeat in 11th Circuit Trademark / Football Painting Case

The Alabama Crimson Tide came rolling into court this week only to find its trademark claims stuffed at the goal line. Who did the stuffing? The First Amendment, with a little help from the 11 th Circuit. As the court stated: [W]e have no hesitation in joining our sister circuits by holding that we...

I Just Learned Tebowing, Now I Have to Start Kaepernicking? Another NFL QB Seeks a Trademark

At the dawn of Tim Tebow mania, so many eons ago, man became infatuated with the art of "Tebowing." Like its predecessors "planking" and "moon walking," Tebowing became a verb that would be with us for generations to come. For those not in the know, Tebowing is the...

College Athletes: You Want to Get Paid without Violating NCAA Rules? File a Trademark Lawsuit a la Johnny Manziel

Under NCAA rules, boosters can't pay college athletes, but apparently, the courts can. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the NCAA has determined that Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel, can keep any potential earnings awarded in his recently filed trademark...