Naughty America, College Settle Trademark Claims

Sep 2, 2009 9:30 AM PST
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — National American University has agreed to drop its lawsuit claiming Naughty America poached its trademark name.

In the suit filed earlier this year, National American University claimed that Naughty America parent La Touraine pirated its trademark with use of the name Naughty American University, acronym NAU and the mark Fast Times at NAU.

San Diego-based La Touraine and National American University made a joint motion for dismissal of the case Monday, citing the companies made a resolution over claims with each party bearing its own attorneys fees.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

According to the original court filing, Naughty America began operating college and academic themes at FastTimesatNAU.com but dropped an attempt to trademark the name following complaints by the academic organization.

At FastTimesatNAU.com, the company’s marketing schtick targets collegiate admirers, using such blue-chip performers as Faye Reagan, Gianna Lynn and London Keyes.

Dlorah Inc., the Rapid City, N.D.-based parent of the 68-year-old 16-campus chain, said in its lawsuit that the porn site and its institution were "nearly identical" and likely to confuse students, potential students, alumni and parents.

Further, the suit said that Naughty America was cybersquatting with the domain NaughtyAmerica.com and FastTimesatNAU.com.

It asked for an injunction on the use of those names and for a transfer of the domain names, as well as compensatory damages and attorneys fees.

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