No judgement in Baylor vs. Baylor Alumni Association hearing - KXXV Central Texas News Now


No judgement in Baylor vs. Baylor Alumni Association hearing

WACO, TX (KXXV) - Despite past efforts to stay out of the courtroom, Baylor University and the Baylor Alumni Association were in one for another hearing Friday.

Baylor University filed a lawsuit to stop the alumni association from using its name, trademarks, and performing alumni services.

Baylor rejected the BAA's final settlement offer last fall and the two sides are on track for a trial next year, but Friday was just one of many hearings until then.

The university filed a motion for a protective order to keep certain documents and information confidential. While both sides do agree some details should be kept private.

Lawyer for the BAA, Shannon Ratcliff, says the alumni association is hoping to strike down that part of the agreement because they say it gives the school the potential to abuse its power.

"We believe that it creates too large an area for not withholding documents from the lawyers but preventing us from sharing those documents or the content of those documents with our board and with our 17,000 members,” says Ratcliff.

The BAA also asked the judge to order Baylor to respond to their requests and to hand over other license agreements. The alumni association says the agreements the university has with Baylor Medical and Scott & White prove they have other licensing agreements without termination dates making Baylor's argument against the association invalid.

The BAA says they will continue to pursue their goal.

“The overall goal of the alumni association is to be recognized as the official alumni association to not have Baylor University throwing up roadblocks to their being able to perform that function,” says Ratliff.

The university says they stand by its decision. Spokeswoman Lori Fogleman sent this statement after Friday's hearing:

“The process continues,” says Fogleman. “We continue to defend Baylor's license trademarks and the university's right and responsibility to serve Baylor alumni worldwide.” 

No decision came Friday, but the judge is expected to make his ruling on all the matters sometime next week.
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