Indianapolis, IN – The National Collegiate Athletic Association had filed a Trademark infringement lawsuit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging that Kizzang LLC, infringed trademarks registered by the NCAA.
A recent Order signed by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson grants the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Motion for Default Judgment and Motion for Permanent Injunction against Defendant, Kizzang LLC.
The NCAA sued over Defendant’s use of the terms “Final 3” and “April Madness,” which Plaintiff alleges infringe on the trademarked phrases “Final Four” and “March Madness,” which are commonly used to refer to the annual men’s college basketball championship tournament.
The Defendant is a Las Vegas-based fantasy sports company that offers online sweepstakes related to the annual tournament. Plaintiff moved for entry of Default Judgment after the Defendant failed to defend itself. After establishing that the Defendant was liable for trademark infringement and trademark dilution due to their failure to defend, the Court granted all relief the NCAA requested.
Among the relief sought, the Defendant must “recall from all distribution channels all products, services, advertising, and promotional materials bearing the NCAA Marks and any colorable imitations of them, including FINAL 3 and APRIL MADNESS.” Defendants are further permanently enjoined from using the marks and any versions of them.
The Court also granted the NCAA attorney’s fees in what the Court stated was an exceptional case of willful infringement.