PVA Court Win

Reprinted from PN June 2012

Decision made in PVA trademark infringement lawsuit.

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Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) has obtained a consent judgment in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in federal district court in Michigan.

PVA and its Michigan chapter brought the lawsuit against an organization calling itself “Paralyzed American Veterans” and several individuals who started and ran the alleged charity.

The lawsuit was brought when it was discovered that Paralyzed American Veterans had been soliciting charitable donations using a name and logo strikingly similar to PVA and its chapters.

PVA brought legal action under federal and state trademark infringement and unfair competition laws following complaints from Michigan donors that they believed their donations were actually going to PVA.

In the consent judgment issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, Paralyzed American Veterans and its operators agreed that the services advertised in connection with their infringing name and logo were nearly identical to, and directly competitive with, PVA and its Michigan chapter.

The consent judgment states that the defendants continued to engage in their conduct after having been warned that their activities violated trademark rights. The court’s order permanently prohibits future use of defendants’ infringing name and logo and calls for the legal dissolution of Paralyzed American Veterans.

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