IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
December 28, 2010
ALFONZO CLARK, PLAINTIFF,
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDER
Alfonzo Clark ("Clark") has sought to invoke Lanham Act §43(a) (15 U.S.C. §1125(a)) as the predicate for imposing liability on the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois for the asserted mislabeling of a university course taken by Clark (then a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago). Because this Court's initial responsibility in dealing with any case assigned to its calendar is to address the existence or nonexistence of federal subject matter jurisdiction (Wis. Knife Works v. Nat'l Metal Crafters, 781 F.2d 1280, 1282 (7th Cir. 1986)) and, indeed, to do so sua sponte (Wernsing v. Thompson, 423 F.3d 732, 743 (7th Cir. 2005)), this opinion turns to that subject.
On that score the answer is clear: Clark lacks standing under Lanham Act §43(a). That has been reconfirmed as recently as three months ago in Stayart v. Yahoo!Inc., 623 F.3rd 436, 438 (7th Cir. 2010), citing several earlier cases that had so held. Accordingly both the Complaint and this action are dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.*fn1