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The Radiance Foundation v. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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In January 2013, The Radiance Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about social issues from a Christian perspective, posted an article on two of its websites critical of the NAACP’s position on abortion and its support of Planned Parenthood. After the article, “NAACP: National Association for the Abortion of Colored People,” was posted, the NAACP received complaints about its position on abortion and sent a cease-and-desist letter to Radiance, threatening trademark infringement litigation if Radiance refused to comply with the NAACP’s demands. Radiance sought the assistance of ADF and filed a declaratory judgment action in federal court. The NAACP then filed counter-claims for trademark infringement and dilution against Radiance.