US national student fraternity Theta Chi is suing Stanford University and various groups associated with the former co-op Chi Theta Chi for allegedly infringing on Theta Chi’s trademarked name and symbols.
Theta Chi maintained a chapter called Alpha Epsilon at Stanford from the 1920s until the 1980s. However, the fraternity disowned the Alpha Epsilon chapter in 1998 due to “lack of membership and improper conduct by residents of the House.”
Pretty soon afterward, some ex-members of the all-male Alpha Epsilon, formed a new group Chi Theta Chi – or XΘX, referring to their status as “Ex-Theta Chi’s” – and began to run a co-ed “cooperative house” (co-op) of the same name.
According to Theta Chi, Stanford assured the fraternity in 2013 that it would remove various references to “Chi Theta Chi” including an online campus map and a construction fence around the co-op.
But with this month’s new lawsuit, Theta Chi has reopened its legal battle.
Source: Stanford Daily
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