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The Trustees of Purdue University v. Reinke Sports Group LLC et al

Purdue University, a world-renowned institution of higher learning, is located in West Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. In late 2009, the Defendants announced their intention to hold a foot racing event called “Home of Purdue Half Marathon” in the Lafayette-West-Lafayette area. Purdue’s attorneys sent the standard cease-and-desist letters objecting to the use of the University’s trademarks. Nevertheless, Defendant continued to advertise the event as being connected to and affiliated with the University.  The event was run on Oct. 24, 2010 without permission from Purdue University.

This case was removed from Tippecanoe Circuit Court.

Court Case Number: 4:11-cv-00005-PPS -APR
File Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011
Plaintiff: Trustees of Purdue University
Plaintiff Counsel: William P. Kealey of Stuart & Branigin LLP
Defendant: Reinke Sports Group LLC, Dean Reinke, Allsportcentral.com Inc.
Defendant Counsel: Matthew S Tarkington and Peter S French of Lewis & Kappes PC
Cause: Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, Trademark Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, False Designation of Origin, Dilution, Cyberpiracy under the Lanham Act, Unfair Competition by Passing Off
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Andrew P. Rodovich