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I am very pleased to share good news regarding our lawsuit against South Texas.

Today, the Court upheld the University of Houston's trademark to use exclusively "Houston" in conjunction with providing legal education. We have had this exclusive right for almost 70 years. This ruling has confirmed our exclusive right. It was vital to protect the Law Center's reputation and brand as a top tier law school; the decision protects students, alumni, faculty, staff and the general public from confusion caused from South Texas's recent name change.

Please see statements from the University of Houston and lead counsel Tony Buzbee issued on Friday afternoon.


"The University of Houston has prevailed in court today in its challenge of South Texas College of Law's name change. Judge Keith Ellison has issued a preliminary injunction in favor of the University of Houston and will require South Texas College of Law to revert to its original name. A court may grant a preliminary injunction when a party shows there is a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of the case, which the University demonstrated. The University is pleased a federal court recognized the University of Houston's strong trademarks and its reputation as a top-tier law school. The University of Houston appreciates the work of its legal team."


"We are pleased with the court's decision. The evidence showed overwhelmingly that the name change caused confusion in the marketplace," said Tony Buzbee, principal of The Buzbee Law Firm, which is representing UH as lead counsel. "The next step is for South Texas College of Law to remove their billboards, change their website, remove merchandise from stores and change their name in the American Bar Association database. This is a complete victory for the University of Houston and the UH Law Center."

You can read the opinion here.

We have worked hard to earn our national ranking and reputation and will continue to do all we can to protect it.

Leonard M. Baynes
Dean & Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center