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Pandemic Party Instagram Suit Filed by Arizona State Dismissed

Aug. 18, 2021, 4:56 PM

Arizona State University failed to show a likelihood of confusion in its lawsuit against anonymous Instagram account for “Hoax-19 covid” parties for using the university’s logo and school colors, according to a federal court order.

The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), the governing body of Arizona’s public university system, asked for default judgement that would have granted a permanent injunction against an individual running an Instagram account with the username “asu_covid.parties” that repeatedly promoted parties during the peak of the first wave of the pandemic.

The board’s claims that the account infringed on the university’s logo and trade dress were ...