Late Friday we learned that the trademark infringement lawsuit being considered by the three co-founders of the Mint Jubilee Derby Eve Gala was filed in U.S. District Court. Defendants are the University of Louisville Foundation and the J. Graham Brown Cancer Center.
The C-J wrote a story on it over the weekend.
One of the most contentious issues in the case has been U of L’s website for its new event, the Julep Ball, which until recently contained information about the event that referred to the Mint Jubilee. There were photo galleries from past Mint Jubilees and references to past soirees as if the event had simply changed its name. One section even had the words “formerly the Mint Jubilee” under the Julep Ball’s new logo.
Late last week U of L officials made sweeping changes in the website, all but eliminating anything that was green in color. (The new event’s logo is black, red and gray). These changes had been demanded by the Jubilee co-founders for several weeks, since the Derby Eve gala.
However, now that both sides have “lawyered up” for the case, the school isn’t commenting publicly and it seems unlikely that U of L will sign the release of the license agreement Jubilee officials insist they need to organize next year’s event with another charity.
It’s a petty dispute, but it involves a lot of money and, unfortunately, is going to cost both sides a significant sum in attorney’s fees.