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Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:37am

Va. University Sues Over 'Regents' Name

Updated: 2 years ago.
Earlier this month, Georgia's Board of Regents chose the name Georgia Regents University for the school created by the merger of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University. Now Virginia’s private Regent University (above) is filing a lawsuit over the name in U.S. District Court in Augusta. (Photo Courtesy of Patrick McKay via Flickr.)

The Virginia university founded by television preacher Pat Robertson is suing a new Georgia university, saying its new name is too similar and will create confusion.

The private Regent University announced Wednesday it is filing the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Augusta. Robertson founded the school in Virginia Beach, Va., in 1978.

Earlier this month, Georgia's Board of Regents chose the name Georgia Regents University for the school created by the merger of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University.

Almost immediately, the name choice drew controversy in the Augusta area where many residents wanted "Augusta" to be part of the name.

Regent University President Carlos Campo said his school believes the name infringes on its federally registered trademark.

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