In Alabama and across the United States, a company's image is frequently linked to its name. Part of that requires that companies and entities be cognizant as to how their trademarked names and properties are protected from illegal use and infringement. When there is a belief that trademark infringement is taking place, it is imperative to have legal assistance from a business and commercial law firm that understands all aspects of business and protecting companies from this type of behavior. Those accused of these acts must have legal help, too, as evidenced by a recently filed lawsuit
That lawsuit was filed by the United Way, which asserts that a civil rights activist in Alabama has infringed on its trademark. The case was filed asserting that the activist had used a variation of the name for her work. The names are blatantly similar. United Way's corporate location is in Virginia. It is a nonprofit that provides logistical assistance and support for charity and community work. The woman who is accused of infringement has founded several entities that help women in various capacities such as running for political office and in social justice campaigns. She has done this for more than three decades.