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Legal challenge to consolidated university's name narrowed by Regents University

Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 11:38 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 1:16 AM
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The lawsuit over the name of the consolidated Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities will become simpler next month.

In response to the University System of Georgia and the Board of Regents’ claim of sovereign immunity as a defense to a federal lawsuit, Regent University in Virginia decided to drop part of its legal challenge to the name Georgia Regents University.

Regent had claimed that Georgia was violating its rights under state and federal constitutions, but will drop that claim. The Virginia university isn’t conceding Georgia’s argument, but by narrowing the legal issue, both sides will save time and money.

In an order signed Nov. 20, the federal judge gave Regent University 14 days to amend its lawsuit originally filed in September. Georgia will have the opportunity to respond afterward.

The Virginia school first sent a cease-and-desist letter and then filed suit after the Georgia board decided to named the combined Augusta campuses Georgia Regents University. According to court documents filed this month, the decision to include “Augusta” as an unofficial part of the name doesn’t settle the complaint for the Virginia university.

Regent University intends to pursue the lawsuit on grounds of trademark infringement and unfair competition. The school has had a trademark on the name since at least 1990.

On Aug. 7, the Georgia Board of Regents voted on the new name for the combined schools in Augusta. The board bypassed the results of a nationwide survey that ranked “University of Augusta” as the top choice. A community campaign, Save the A, led to a compromise decision to add the city’s name to the school, although it is unofficial.

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NrthAugustaSam
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NrthAugustaSam 11/26/12 - 12:41 pm
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Unofficial?

Have we been misled? Then we need to revive the Save the A campaign and actually get something done.

Mr. Thackeray
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Mr. Thackeray 11/26/12 - 12:46 pm
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Yes you have NAS, if you look

Yes you have NAS, if you look closely, I believe you will find it is NOT going to be in the name (as GRU will expand around the state) but rather just in merchandise etc. I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/26/12 - 01:29 pm
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Same old garbage

The wonks that be at MCG don't give a darn about any of this and the BOR have totally dropped it as an issue. Augusta can go to, well, you know, as far as any of them are concerned. Until Deal is gone and we get a new crop of regents and MCG potentates, the last and only hope is a successful suit by Regent University, God bless 'em.

The BOR and MCG are thumbing their noses at Regent U too.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/27/12 - 05:37 am
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Legal manuever?

So it was a legal manuever when Augusta was informally added to the name? Maybe they are worried.

UGAGrad
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UGAGrad 11/27/12 - 06:09 am
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Azziz empire

I am a UGA grad. My children have studied at and graduated from UGA and Augusta State. No one in my family is satisified with the title Augusta Regents Univ. As long as Azziz remains in charge and the combined schools are officially Augusta Regents Univ. I will boycott the system. I suggest that others do the same.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/27/12 - 06:53 am
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Sent them

a $25.00 money order to help out a few weeks ago.

Hope RU uses it wisely.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 11/27/12 - 06:56 am
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UGAGrad - It is not ARU

The lame brains Saved the A at the _SS end of the name.

Their idea of a compromise was calling it GA. Regent Univ - Augusta.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/27/12 - 07:36 am
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I'm just glad my diploma is

I'm just glad my diploma is from The Medical College of Georgia. There's no way I would want anyone to be confused and think I went to that nutcase Pat Robertson's school.

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 11/27/12 - 08:13 am
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End the A campaign...

The Save the A folks acquiesced... and left us holding a bag of worms with Augusta tagged to it. How do Evans and Story really think they did as representing all the real people who wanted to really save the A.....All Evans and Story did was save their own -ss so they can deal with Azzizz.

Support the Lawsuit!

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 11/27/12 - 08:13 am
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End the A campaign...

The Save the A folks acquiesced... and left us holding a bag of worms with Augusta tagged to it. How do Evans and Story really think they did as representing all the real people who wanted to really save the A.....All Evans and Story did was save their own -ss so they can deal with Azzizz.

Support the Lawsuit!

catawba7
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catawba7 11/27/12 - 02:31 pm
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Augusta should be FIRST

Good, I am glad if they file a suit because it was wrong to place the name Regents in the name. It is a school in AUGUSTA, GA and the name Augusta was ignored and then added as an after (UY) thought. Why not Augusta Health Sciences University or just leave it the "H" alone. The title "Regents" sounds like a sub-below-standard school of learning and our students deserve better...Oh Well!

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