University of Houston Law Center, left, and South Texas College of Law Houston, right.

Following a two-day mediation, lawyers for South Texas College of Law Houston and the University of Houston Law Center have negotiated a tentative settlement in a trademark infringement suit UH filed against the law school over a name change.

South Texas, located in downtown Houston, announced the tentative settlement Thursday afternoon, following a mediation on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lynne Liberato, a partner at Haynes and Boone in Houston who represents South Texas, declined to comment.

“We have a settlement in principle. The parties have agreed not to make any comment until it’s a final executed agreement,” said Albert Deaver, managing principal of Sutton McAughan Deaver of Houston who represents UH.

The agreement goes to the South Texas board of directors and the UH chancellor for approval.


UH sued South Texas after the Houston law school changed its name to Houston College of Law in June in a rebranding effort. In October 2016, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison of the Southern District of Texas provisionally agreed to block South Texas from using the Houston College of Law name because of confusion with the University of Houston Law Center.

In November 2016, South Texas College of Law changed its name to South Texas College of Law Houston. But efforts to complete a settlement agreement became bogged down, and at the request of the parties, Ellison in February referred the case to U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena Hanovice Palermo for mediation.