Court showdown part of the puzzle

AN expensive legal stoush with C.ex Coffs last year was targeted by many late yesterday as key to the current financial troubles at Club Coffs.

Both clubs claimed ownership of the two words ‘club’ and ‘Coffs’ in new rebranding campaigns and ventured to the Supreme Court to slug it out in June.

In July, the financial effects of that showdown first appeared when they were cited as the reason for Club Coffs abandoning a proposed merger with the Coffs Harbour Leagues Club on Hogbin Drive.

While both clubs claimed victory after the decision, Club Coffs was forced to change by order of the court, by adding “... on West High” to the tagline of its branding slogan to differentiate it from C.ex Coffs.

At the time, CEO Carl Mower interpreted the outcome as a victory for his club.

“I definitely think we won because we are still using what we set out to use, which is Club Coffs,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate it had to be taken this far to get a resolution. No-one in the general community wins when you have to go to the Supreme Court.

“We won the issue.”



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