SOURCE: Red Raider Outfitter

November 29, 2006 13:38 ET

Red Raider Outfitter Files Motion to Recuse, Asks Judge in Texas Tech Lawsuit to Step Aside

LUBBOCK, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 29, 2006 -- Red Raider Outfitter has filed a Motion to Recuse, asking U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings to step aside from the lawsuit pitting Texas Tech University against the small family-owned retailer. The case has generated nationwide attention because of Texas Tech's efforts to shut the small alumni-owned retailer down.

Earlier this month, the judge made the unusual decision to enter a summary judgment against Red Raider Outfitter in a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Texas Tech's licensing department. Legal experts have said that most similar cases are decided after each side has argued its case, not before.

Also unusual was the Judge's decision to award Texas Tech all revenues from Red Raider Outfitter, including those from the sale of licensed goods, which make up approximately 97 percent of the company's sales. Many have been critical of Texas Tech for seeking the $3.5 million award despite the fact that licensing royalties from the disputed sales would have totaled just $6,500.

The Motion to Recuse states that Red Raider Outfitter "is concerned that the past and ongoing connections between the Honorable Judge Sam Cummings and Texas Tech University pose a threat to the perception of a fair and impartial trial."

The motion points to numerous connections between Judge Cummings and Texas Tech University that raise questions about his ability to rule fairly in the case. For instance:

--  Judge Cummings is a 1967 graduate of Texas Tech and has participated
    in the committee that designated Professor Susan Saab Fortney as the new
    George H. Mahon Professor of Law at the University's School of Law in
    February 2003.
--  Judge Cummings is an active alumnus who was observed entering a
    specially designated parking lot at Jones Field to attend a Texas Tech
    football game during the period of time this case was being heard. In fact,
    Judge Cummings received a season pass and a special parking pass from the
    University free of charge.
--  Previous parties to a case in which Texas Tech was involved filed a
    Motion to Recuse Judge Cummings. Further, an article has appeared in the
    press discussing Judge Cummings' refusal to recuse himself for perceived
    bias when Texas Tech University was a party.
--  Judge Cummings' twin brother is president of the local branch of Wells
    Fargo Bank, which counts the University among its largest commercial
    clients. Wells Fargo also has a substantial monetary interest in Texas
    Tech, due to its ownership of the Texas Tech student debit card system,
    issued to every Texas Tech student. Judge Cummings' twin brother also
    serves as a director of the Texas Tech Foundation, Inc.
The dispute centers on unlicensed goods sold by Red Raider Outfitter that featured the terms "Wreck 'Em Tech" and "Raiderland," as well as the cartoon cowboy that adorns the store's logo and sign. Each side contends it has the right to use those marks. Since the Judge's ruling, NFL Properties, acting on behalf of the Oakland Raiders, has expressed an interest in the case, asserting that it owns the trademark on uses of the term "Raiderland."

About Red Raider Outfitter

Since 1975, Red Raider Outfitter has made and sold quality collegiate sportswear and apparel with the most innovative designs and highest standards of craftsmanship. Red Raider Outfitter is alumni owned and operated. More information is available at and

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