Newsbrief: Damned Sad -- MADD Sues DAMMADD 10/18/02

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The well known organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has sued a less well known group, Dads and Mad Moms Against Drug Dealers (DAMMADD), for trademark infringement. MADD, the politically powerful anti-drunk driving lobby that supports tough law enforcement measures such as sobriety checkpoints and the training of Drug Recognition Experts on police forces to catch alcohol and drug-impaired drivers, contended that DAMMADD's acronym was confusingly similar to its own.

DAMMADD, a group created by a New York state man whose son died of a drug overdose, denied the charge. DAMMADD runs a web site that collect anonymous tips on drug dealing and claims 16 convictions from 786 tips. It has affiliations with 61 police departments in 20 states.

MADD filed suit in federal court in Texas last month, but DAMMADD filed a motion this week arguing that since it has no Texas presence, the Texas federal court has no jurisdiction. MADD has three weeks to respond.

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