11th Circ. Concerned By Judge Remarks In Charity TM Fight

By Kat Greene (October 15, 2015, 10:08 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday revived a religious order's trademark infringement lawsuit in a ruling that remanded a trial judge's findings for the second time and expressed concern about his "inappropriate comments," including a remark that other judges' avoidance of trademark litigation was a "good idea."

A three-judge panel refused to reassign the case to a different judge Thursday, although it said U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp, who has now twice ruled that trademarks held by the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta aren't being infringed by its legal foe, had made remarks...

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