The lawsuit filed against Lincoln University by the 62nd & 65th Regiments Legacy Foundation Inc. has been moved from Cole County Circuit Court to federal court, where it joins the university's lawsuit against the 62nd & 65th.
The 62nd & 65th sued LU in May, seeking to block the university and its curators from using foundation donor information and documents, and the return of hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds the foundation argued the university wrongfully retained.
LU in December 2018 voided its memorandum of understanding with the then-named Lincoln University Foundation Inc. after the university said it became dissatisfied with the foundation's fundraising performance and its level of autonomy.
The foundation announced its name change to the 62nd and 65th in April, while the university announced it would accomplish its fundraising activities through its Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations.
The 62nd & 65th's suit against LU was moved Jan. 31 from Cole County's court to the U.S. District Court's Western District of Missouri, where it's been assigned to District Judge Brian C. Wimes as an alleged trademark infringement case.
Wimes is also the judge assigned to LU's alleged trademark infringement case filed against the 62nd & 65th.
LU filed its suit in June, alleging its former foundation had unlawfully used the university's likeness and retained millions of dollars in a trust fund — money wanted back.
The trial in LU's suit against the 62nd & 65th is scheduled for November. As of Monday, no trial date had yet been scheduled in the 62nd & 65th's suit.