National Fraternity Prevails Against Chapter in Trademark Infringement Case 

Timothy Burke, Fraternal Law Partners, tburke@manleyburke.com National fraternal groups hold their names and Greek letter insignias in high regard as an important part of their identities. To protect such intellectual property, national groups should ensure it is trademarked. Properly created...
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Update: Federal Appellate Court Dismisses Appeal Challenging Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Acceptance of a Transgender Woman at the University of Wyoming

Haellie Gordon,[1] Fraternal Law Partners, hgordon@manleyburke.com  In August 2023, the U.S. District Court of Wyoming dismissed several sorority members’ (“Appellants”) challenge to Kappa Kappa Gamma’s admission of a transgender woman at the University of Wyoming. Appellants subsequently appealed the District...
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Injunctions Block New Title IX Updates in Ten States

Matthew Heldman,[1] Fraternal Law Partners, matthew.heldman@manleyburke.com Two federal judges issued orders this month temporarily blocking the U.S. Department of Education’s updates to Title IX, which prohibits gender- and sex-based discrimination, that were released in April and are set to take...
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Detrimentally Underdone - U.S. District Court Dismisses Chef’s Title VII Employment Discrimination Claim Against Sorority

Haellie Gordon, Fraternal Law Partners, hgordon@manleyburke.com  In April 2023, Bernadine Williams, a chef for College Fresh, Inc. (“College Fresh”) that worked with Delta Zeta Sorority’s (“Delta Zeta”) local chapter at Louisiana State University (the “Sigma Chapter”) (collectively with Delta Zeta,...
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