Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Name Game

I have mentioned before - and expressed my disgust over - the Houston Independent School District's decision to rename several schools named after leaders of the Confederacy.  The changes will cost a lot of money - one estimate was  over two million dollars - and that doesn't include defending lawsuits now being filed by alumni and others who oppose the changes.
Now, the South Texas College of Law has decided to change its name to the Houston College of Law for no particular reason.  
It didn't take long for the University of Houston, which has its own Law School, to file suit in federal court.  The U of H suit says, in part, that the change constitutes "intentional and willful infringement of UH's intellectual property and unfair competition," which results in "confusion in the marketplace and damage" to the university and its brand.
Educators in Houston apparently never learned the truth of the old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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