Fraternity Sues Chapter Over Trademark Use After Accepting Women

Oct. 21, 2020, 3:16 PM

Sigma Phi Society Inc. sued its University of Michigan chapter in Michigan federal court for allegedly continuing to use the fraternity’s trademarks after it was cut off from the national organization for accepting female members.

The fraternity’s General Convention rejected a motion to allow female members in September. But according to the complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the Michigan branch allowed women to join the fraternity and live at its house despite the vote.

The organization says Michigan Sigma Phi lost permission to use its trademarks and lost its insurance coverage ...

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