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July 02, 2013

NAACP and Anti-Abortion Activist in Court Over Trademark

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the head of a Christian nonprofit group are suing each other over the latter's use of the NAACP's logo and an altered version of its name in online posts, writes The Virginian-Pilot.

The 104-year-old civil-rights group alleges trademark infringement by Ryan Bomberger, leader of the Virginia Beach-based Radiance Foundation, who has repeatedly referred to the "National Association for the Abortion of Colored People" while using the NAACP acronym and seal in articles on a foundation Web site. Mr. Bomberger, who is African-American, has also sued, claiming infringement of free speech.

The legal fight stems from criticism by an NAACP official of billboards the foundation put up in Georgia in 2011 that said, "The 13th Amendment Freed Us. Abortion Enslaves Us." Mr. Bomberger began using the altered name for the organization in Web posts shortly thereafter. The case is set to go to trial in December.