According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the Indianapolis Colts have settled their ’12th Man’ lawsuit with Texas A&M University:
In early November, the Indianapolis Star reported that Texas A&M had filed a suit for trademark infringement against the Colts in a Texas federal court for the latter’s repeated unauthorized usage since 2006:
While the use of “12th man” was trademarked by Texas A&M, the Colts had used it in their advertising campaigns and even inducted the “12th man” into the franchise’s Ring of Honor in 2007–despite cease and desist orders from the university.
The lawsuit sought to prevent the Colts from usage of the trademark, advertising, and merchandising of the phrase that was popularized by the Aggies.
"“Texas A&M University announced today that its lawsuit against the Indianapolis Colts has been settled amicably and with good will,” reads the statement. “Texas A&M appreciates the positive and professional manner in which the Colts organization engaged in settlement discussions and extends its best wishes to the Indianapolis Colts for their continued success.”"
Terms and conditions of the settlement have not been released, but in case you were wondering, the “12th man” controversy can now be safely placed behind the Colts organization.
Feel free to cheer on.