SMD's managing principal Al Deaver was recognized in The AmLaw Litigation Daily as "Litigator of the Week" for his work representing the University of Houston in its trademark battle against South Texas College of Law. The article, entitled "Litigator of the Week: The Texas Lawyer Who Sued His Law School" appeared in this morning's edition and online last night.
The article comes just a couple of days after Deaver appeared in U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison's court at a hearing set for arguments as to a feasible timeframe for South Texas College of Law to comply with the injunction and whether a bond is necessary. That hearing was reported on by Law360, as well as other outlets.
In its article recognizing Deaver as "Litigator of the Week," The AmLaw Litigation Daily explained that "[i]n Deaver's view Ellison granted the preliminary injunction because he found similarities between the University of Houston Law Center and University of Houston trademarks and the new Houston College of Law trademark, especially when the latter used the UH colors of red and white."
The article continued, that "Deaver said the litigation can be resolved if South Texas chooses to use a name moving forward that UH finds acceptable. Otherwise, he said, [the case] will go to trial."
A copy of the full text of the article in The AmLaw Litigation Daily can be found here (subscription required).