A USA court has issued an injunction order against Arthur Andersen & Co USA member firm, MoHala Enterprises, giving Andersen Tax its first legal win in its bid to ascertain itself as the rightful heir of the iconic brand Arthur Andersen.
MoHala Entreprises and Andersen Tax have reached an amicable settlement to a trademark infringement dispute that began last month. The specifics of the settlement are confidential. Acknowledging the settlement, the USA district court of Northern District of California, San Francisco Division has issued an injunction order against MoHala stating that Andersen Tax owns the rights to the trademark ANDERSEN® . As such, the order prohibits MoHala and all personnel or entities affiliated with them from using the names Andersen and Arthur Andersen.
Early march, the French mainstream media was announcing the return of Arthur Andersen on the back of a press release distributed via LinkedIn which announced the revival of the Arthur Andersen international network. However three years earlier, former partners of Arthur Andersen in the USA had announced the launch of Andersen Tax after having bought the rights to the name.
In late March, Andersen Tax filed a law suit against the individuals in France and the organisation Arthur Andersen & Co launched a legal battle for the name and brand Arthur Andersen.
The recent injunction order is the first win for Andersen Tax, but the networks trademark counsel told International Accounting Bulletin that their case continues against the French entity and it's individuals.
Contacted by International Accounting Bulletin, at the time of publication, Arthur Andersen & Co did not reply to our enquiries.
More information on the dispute can be found here: Brand wars: the return of Jedi Andersen