Western District [of Washington] Judge John Coughenour appears to have stopped taking new trademark cases. New matters assigned to him reportedly are reassigned to other judges with the statement that “Judge Coughenour does not accept trademark cases.”
How odd. I assume that he can do this because he is on Senior Status. The irony is that, according to Mike, Judge Coughenour is a pretty good trademark hand (though he’s been called out pretty harshly about other stuff). But the shame of it is that so many judges who have no idea about the area of trademark law don’t have — or exercise — this privilege.