Federal Judge Rules in Favor of TEC in Trademark Case


Charleston, S.C. (September 19, 2019) –Today, US District Court Judge Richard M. Gergel issued an Order and Opinion in favor of The Episcopal Church and its local diocese, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, in the trademark case Von Rosenberg v. Lawrence. In the 73-page decision, Judge Gergel issued an injunction against our diocese, which left The Episcopal Church in 2012.

According to that injunction, we are prevented from using the marks, including the names and seal of the diocese. Lawyers for the diocese are reviewing the ruling and will be discussing next steps with Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Standing Committee. The diocese will be working in the coming days to come into compliance with this order.

In the state case regarding ownership of property, on August 28th, Judge Edgar Dickson issued an order adverse to TEC and TECSC, rejecting their request to dismiss the diocese’s right to recover financial loss under the Betterments Statute. Issues in this case will be discussed at a mediation conference on September 26th. That conference, which had been scheduled for earlier this month had been postponed due to Hurricane Dorian.