U of Houston Sues Houston College of Law

June 28, 2016

The University of Houston System on Monday sued the Houston College of Law, which is the new name of the private law school that has been known as the South Texas College of Law. The suit charges that the name -- along with use of a red-and-white color scheme similar to the university's -- creates “confusion in the marketplace and damage” to the university and its brand. One division of the University of Houston is the University of Houston Law Center.

“We’ve earned our standing as a nationally ranked law center, and we won’t allow someone else to change their name and colors and market themselves on our success,” said a statement from Tilman Fertitta, chairman of the university's Board of Regents. The university's announcement of the suit noted its law school's numerous honors and high rankings, which it said stand in contrast with the other law school.

A spokeswoman for the Houston College of Law said that it was policy not to respond to questions about litigation.

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