University of Oklahoma casket logo spurs lawsuit

A licensing company in Georgia is suing an Oklahoma casket-maker and its parent company, alleging that the company marketed a casket bearing the University of Oklahoma logo without permission.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: January 17, 2012

A Georgia licensing company has filed a lawsuit accusing an Oklahoma casket manufacturer and its parent company of improperly using university logos.

The lawsuit by Memorial Licensing Co. was spurred by a visit to Oklahoma City by founder Scott Walston, who saw a University of Oklahoma casket at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Walston's company has had licensing contracts with OU and Oklahoma State University since 2001, but the casket at Resthaven was manufactured by Muskogee's Heartland Casket Co., a subsidiary of Matthews International Corp.

Memorial Licensing has its Collegiate Memorials products manufactured in Oklahoma by Vaultless Caskets Co. of Chickasha.

The case is set for trial in Cleveland County in June, according to court records.

Memorial Licensing is seeking damages of more than $75,000 in the case, which was filed in January 2011. Walston said he could file lawsuits against additional manufacturers that infringed on his company's licenses.

Matthews tried unsuccessfully to have the lawsuit dismissed by arguing the two universities should have been among the plaintiffs, although Memorial Licensing got clearance from both schools to proceed with the lawsuit.


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