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College Honor Society Sues Compaq

December 11, 1998

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ Phi Beta Kappa has sued Compaq Computer Corp. in federal court to stop it from playing off its name with the promotional slogan ``Phi Beta Compaq.″

The Washington-based academic honors society, which accepts only the top students from the nation’s colleges and universities each year, is seeking $10 million from Compaq.

The society also wants the company to stop marketing shirts and Frisbees with the ``Phi Beta Compaq″ slogan.

No court date has been set.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776. It has 480,000 members selected from the top liberal arts students at 255 colleges and universities. The name was trademarked in 1962.

Houston-based Compaq argued in court papers that the society suffered no damages from the advertising campaign.

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