It looks like Fox Sports and its attorneys knew full well this type of lawsuit could come, and they are not happy about it.
David Bernstein of Debevoise & Plimpton, a lawyer representing Fox Sports and the New USFL, wrote the following statement.
“The lawsuit filed yesterday by an entity formed just a week ago is completely without merit. The new USFL registered its intellectual property rights in 2011 and is excited to launch games on schedule on April 16. The eleventh-hour attempt to extract value from the exciting new USFL is utterly frivolous, and we are exploring all options for redress.”
Notice the ‘we are exploring all options for redress’.
The attorney representing the Old USFL owners Nicholas Matich said the following yesterday.
“Fox is trying to reap where it did not sow and profit from confusion among fans of the real USFL, by claiming the legacy of something it didn’t build.”
We reported yesterday excerpts from an interview The Markcast did with Steve Ehrhart, the former USFL Executive Director. When asked twice if they owned the Trademark, the questions were met with ‘I’m not a Lawyer’ talk.
The two key points from Fox Sports short response is
- The new USFL registered its intellectual property rights in 2011
- The lawsuit filed yesterday by an entity formed just a week ago
It makes it pretty clear this group never kept up with the Trademarks, and as we predicted, Fox Sports lawyers did their due diligence before going ahead with the new USFL.
Ultimately a court will decide what the next action is. But it seems like there won’t be an issue, and the season will kick off on April 16th.
Stay tuned to USFL News Hub as we continue to follow this story.