The UT Board of Regents filed a formal legal complaint against College Station-based Aggieland Outfitters and its parent company, Kalcorp Enterprises, for manipulating the UT longhorn silhouette on the products.Texas A&M blogger The 12th Manchild takes his digs, noting that a similar logo is used by the city of Fort Worth, Oklahoma shirt vendors, many schools around the state of Texas (and nation) and Microsoft.
"Defendants' unauthorized use of UT Marks complained herein is likely to cause confusion, to cause mistake, or to deceive customers," wrote Louis T. Pirkey, an attorney representing the Board of Regents, in the complaint.
The funny part is that the lawsuit was filed a week after Texas A&M beat Texas, 12-7.
Sour grapes, anyone? Methinks Texas is a wee bit sensitive.
That said, it's their logo and they have a right to protect it. We'll see if the artistic changes are enough to protect Aggieland Outfitters.
I guess the good thing is that we've yet to hear about USC suing some UCLA t-shirt maker or Alabama suing some Auburn t-shirt maker after losing to those rivals last year. They'd be fully within their rights to do so of course, but they also have the sense to not do so within four games of said losses.