5th Circ. Says Greeks Sat On Paddle Trademark Case Too Long

Law360, New York (December 7, 2012, 10:33 PM EST) -- The Fifth Circuit on Thursday found a lower court acted properly when it only partially barred a Texas craftsman from selling ceremonial paddles decorated with the unlicensed insignia of 32 fraternities and sororities, since a jury found the Greek organizations were lax in suing the woodworker.

In affirming the verdict from the Northern District of Texas, the three-judge circuit panel rejected an appeal from the fraternities and sororities, who claimed the jury had not received proper instruction on the criteria needed for the woodworker’s laches defense...
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