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Posted: 5:40 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013
By Jim Bradley
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association is suing nearly a dozen Charlotte promoters and advertisers it claims used its name without permission. The conference has filed a federal lawsuit demanding they take down websites and merchandise with the CIAA trademark. A lawsuit states "party promoters have used plaintiff's registered and unregistered marks in connection with unauthorized party promotions that will occur during the 2013 CIAA tournament." One of those is the Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa. The lawsuit states the theater is promoting a reggae party during CIAA week. The manager of the Neighborhood Theater says the theater is renting out space to promoters and had not heard any complaints from the CIAA until this lawsuit. Another club called 5th Element in Uptown is also named. The CIAA tournament is big business in Charlotte. It brings in tens of thousands of fans and spawns a week of parties. The CIAA's lawsuit asks all defendants to stop using the CIAA name and asks for damages equal to triple the profits any of the defendants earn during the tournament. Eyewitness News spoke Friday afternoon with the CIAA, which referred Channel 9 to Charlotte attorney Carlos Watson. WSOC left messages for him but hasn't heard back.
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