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Court Proceedings Regarding "March Madness" and "Final 4"

Representation of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and a civil action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana against online gaming company Kizzang, Inc. Last year, Chief Judge Magnus-Stinson issued a stipulated order under which Kizzang and its owner Robert Alexander (representing himself and his company) agreed not to use its “Final 3” and “April Madness” offerings, which are in violation of the NCAA’s famous “March Madness” and “Final 4” trademarks. We recently obtained a default judgement providing for permanent injunctive relief and an award of attorneys’ fees as an exceptional case, notwithstanding that the Defendants obtained counsel opposed entry of default and default judgement.