NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans nonprofit that endorses political candidates alleges that another nonprofit in the city is unlawfully using its mark.
Alliance for Good Government filed a complaint on April 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Coalition for Better Government alleging that the competitor violated the Lanham Act.
According to the complaint, since 1967, plaintiff has continuously used the Alliance for Good Government mark. Plaintiff alleges that, as a result of defendant's infringing activities, it has suffered and will continue to suffer irreparable harm to its goodwill, reputation and to its business as a whole.
The plaintiff holds Coalition for Better Government responsible because the defendant allegedly endorses candidates under the name Coalition for Better Government, which could create a likelihood of confusion with plaintiff's mark.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an injunction against continued infringement of plaintiff's marks, cancellation of defendant's applications to register the infringing trademarks, award of damages, plus interest, costs, expenses and all further relief as the court deems appropriate. It is represented by Gregory D. Latham and Richard T. Sahuc of Intellectual Property Consulting LLC in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:17-cv-03679