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Trial Lawyers Reach Settlement on Name

This is a settlement for the Trademark, Copyright, Patent lawsuit.

Dothan, AL: Two settlements have been reached involving three different national trial bar associations. One settlement was reached between The American Trial Lawyers Association ("The Association" or "The Trial Lawyers") and The American Association for Justice ("AAJ"), both plaintiff attorney trial bar associations. A second settlement was reached between The American Trial Lawyers Association ("The Trial Lawyers") and The American College of Trial Lawyers ("The College"), primarily a defense trial bar association.

The three organizations had been involved in two separate federal court actions, one pending in the Federal District Court of Minnesota filed by AAJ against The Trial Lawyers, and a second suit pending in the Middle District of Alabama between The Trial Lawyers and The College. The College had sued AAJ/ATLA in the early 1970's over the same issues, when AAJ/ATLA lost the right to use "The American Trial Lawyers Association" as its name.

Speaking on behalf of The American Trial Lawyers Association, its President Michael Burg of Burg Simpson in Denver, Colorado commented that "all parties are very pleased with the settlement. The agreement was amicable and each of the organizations worked hard to compromise."

The official name change of The American Trial Lawyers Association will take place within thirty days of the settlement. The name will be changed to "The National Trial Lawyers" ("The Association" or "The Trial Lawyers"). They will continue to be referred to as "The Association" or "The Trial Lawyers."

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Published on Jan-26-11


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