Apparel Store Ordered to Pay U. of Kansas Athletics $660,000 for Infringement

September 30, 2009

A federal judge has ordered a Lawrence, Kan., store owner to pay the University of Kansas more than $660,000 for repeatedly infringing on its trademark by selling t-shirts and other apparel promoting the university's sports teams, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. The court's finding represents the second time that the U.S. District Court in Kansas has ruled against Joe-College.com, which has a storefront in the university's home town. A spokesman for Kansas' athletics department told the newspaper that Kansas Athletics, Inc., the university's licensing arm, makes $2 million a year in fees from merchants who sell Jayhawk merchandise "the right way."

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