UI settles lawsuit against alumnus for $7.5K

UI settles lawsuit against alumnus for $7.5K. (FILE)

The University of Illinois is paying an alumnus $7,500 to stop selling T-shirts that say "Make Illinois Great Again" with a drawing of the school's former mascot Chief Illiniwek.

The university reached the settlement with Ted O'Malley after suing him in March for violating its trademarks for the word "Illinois" and a copyrighted photo commissioned by the school.

In exchange for the payment, O'Malley has agreed to stop selling the T-shirt and to not sell similar T-shirts in the future.

The university has agreed to not to challenge O'Malley's "Make Illinois Great Again" trademark and to dismiss its lawsuit.


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