Metal T-Shirts Rip Off 'Hook 'Em' Design, U. of Texas Says

Law360, Dallas (January 28, 2013, 7:31 PM EST) -- The University of Texas filed a federal lawsuit Friday claiming a foreign online retailer is trampling on its “Hook ‘em Horns” trademark and diluting its carefully built brand by selling heavy metal music merchandise featuring the famed hand signal.

The university's board of regents says Michael Weir, an Oxford, United Kingdom, man doing business as Horns Inc., has no right to sell merchandise featuring the UT hand signal, which is meant to resemble a longhorn. The board alleges his ongoing sales, aimed at fans of heavy...
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Board of Regents, The University of Texas System v. Michael Weir


Case Number

1:13-cv-00071

Court

Texas Western

Nature of Suit

Trademark

Judge

Sam Sparks

Date Filed

January 24, 2013

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