AT&T Files for Injunctive Relief to Expedite Putting Its Logos on the No. 31 Race Car
ATLANTA, March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) has announced that a motion was filed today for preliminary injunctive relief in AT&T's suit against NASCAR, seeking to expedite putting the AT&T brand marks on the No. 31 race car. The suit was filed in United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The injunction seeks to allow AT&T to modify the paint scheme of the No. 31 car, which has been sponsored by Cingular since 2001. Cingular is currently transitioning its brand name to AT&T, now that AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth is complete. Earlier this year, NASCAR rejected a transitional plan to change the paint scheme that would introduce the AT&T globe on the car, leading to AT&T filing suit against NASCAR on March 16. AT&T's suit claims that NASCAR has violated the company's rights to sponsor the No. 31 race car, noting grandfather clauses in the NASCAR agreements that were designed to protect its rights after Nextel had assumed the role of title sponsor in 2003. The No. 31 car is owned by Richard Childress Racing and driven by veteran Jeff Burton. Burton currently ranks second in the 2007 NASCAR Official Driver Standings with 788 points. "We must bring this issue to resolution," said John Burbank, AT&T vice president of Marketing. "The season is well under way and so are our re- branding efforts. This filing is a logical next step for us in the process, and it is one we must pursue so that we can simply move forward with our paint scheme -- something our relationship with NASCAR allows us to do." This AT&T news release and other announcements are available as part of an RSS feed at http://www.att.com/rss . About AT&T AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access, and voice services. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding video entertainment offerings to include next-generation television services such as AT&T U-verse(SM) TV. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com . AT&T, AT&T logo, Cingular and Cingular logos are trademarks of AT&T Knowledge Ventures and/or AT&T affiliated companies. Subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. provide products and services under the AT&T brand. For more information, please review this announcement in the AT&T newsroom at http://www.att.com/newsroom .RELATED LINKS
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