Trial Team from Haynes and Boone Wins for Client Curves International, Inc. in Federal Lawsuit


HOUSTON – A team of Haynes and Boone, LLP attorneys has successfully defended client Curves International, Inc. against trademark and antitrust claims asserted in federal court by Go Figure, Inc.

After more than two years of litigation, Houston Partners Yasser Madriz and Mike Powell joined Houston Associate Mike Raab and Washington, D.C. antitrust Partner Richard Ripley in the Dec. 12 trial before Judge Hoyt in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.


After two days of witness examinations during Go Figure’s case-in-chief and an aggressive defense mounted by Curves’ legal team (including a vigorous cross-examination of Go Figure’s CEO by Mr. Madriz), Go Figure sought to settle the case with Curves. Go Figure ultimately agreed, in pertinent part, to provide Curves with a judgment specifying that Go Figure would take nothing from Curves by way of its lawsuit.  In addition, Go Figure agreed to tender to Curves an undisclosed settlement.


The dispute arose from Go Figure’s development of a club management software, which it marketed to Curves’ worldwide system of health club franchises over the last decade. Go Figure’s success in marketing its software to Curves’ franchisees was due in large part to a 2001 agreement between Curves and Go Figure that granted Go Figure the right to market and sell its software to Curves’ franchisees as an approved vendor.


Go Figure also acquired a limited right to use Curves’ trademark in conjunction with the parties’ 2001 agreement.  The agreement proved to be highly lucrative for Go Figure, which, presumably, is why Go Figure wanted to maintain the status quo after termination of the agreement on May 1, 2009.


Despite the termination of the agreement, Go Figure continued to use Curves’ trademark.  Curves demanded that Go Figure cease and desist its unauthorized use of the Curves’ trademark, and in September 2009, Go Figure preemptively sued Curves in federal district court, seeking a declaration that Go Figure had the continued right to use Curves’ trademark in connection with its sale of club management software to Curves’ franchisees. Soon thereafter, Curves counterclaimed against Go Figure for trademark infringement and other related claims.


In 2011, in response to the roll-out of a competing club management software developed by Curves, Go Figure dramatically altered the legal landscape of the lawsuit by amending its complaint to assert various monopolization and antitrust claims under the Sherman Act. Go Figure sought over $ 3.5 million dollars in damages against Curves. Curves consistently maintained that these claims were wholly without merit and, ironically, nothing more than an attempt to use antitrust claims to stifle competition from Curves.

Curves sees this as an incredible victory that will enable it to continue with its future plans and worldwide growth.

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