Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

University Battles Health Care Provider over Shared Name

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

University Battles Health Care Provider over Shared Name

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Columbia University in New York is suing Columbia-HCA Healthcare Corp., claiming the Nashville company's use of the name Columbia trades on its reputation.

U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl of the Southern District of New York denied a motion Monday by the university for a temporary restraining order to stop Columbia-HCA from using the name, said Columbia-HCA spokesman Jeffery Prescott. The judge also refused a Columbia University request that the matter move forward expeditiously.

"I understand there's a meeting scheduled Thursday to schedule any next steps," Prescott said. The university, which has used the name since 1891, filed the lawsuit Friday. It charges Columbia-HCA with trademark infringement and unfair competition. Columbia-HCA has used the name for nine years and was previously known as Columbia Hospital Corp. It is a month into a marketing blitz pushing the Columbia moniker. The company is the largest for-profit hospital chain in the country, with 347 hospitals and 368 other facilities in 37 states, including Oklahoma. …

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