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US 7th Circuit Court Of Appeals: Opinion of July 25, 2002

EASTERBROOK, Circuit Judge. "The "Church of the Creator" and the "World Church of the Creator" have irreconcilable creeds. The Church of the Creator (the operating name of TE-TA-MA Truth Foundation-Family of URI, Inc.) believes in universal love and respect......What has led to this litigation between the two organizations is the little  ®  symbol attached to Church of the Creator.......It turns out that tactics adopted to avoid paying for one’s wrongs have collateral costs"......more►


"Exceptional Case" - US 7th Circuit Court Of Appeals: Opinion - Reverses lower court, sets new standards for conduct. Opinion of December 13, 2004

"KANNE, Circuit Judge. TE-TA-MA Truth Foundation-Family of URI, Inc. ("the Foundation") sued the World Church of the Creator ("the World Church"), alleging, among other things, trademark infringement in violation of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1051 et seq. The district court granted summary judgment in the World Church’s favor, and the Foundation appealed. We reversed the judgment of the district court and remanded with instructions to enter an appropriate judgment in favor of the Foundation. TE-TA-MA Truth Foundation-Family of Uri, Inc. v. World Church of the Creator, 297 F.3d 662 (7th Cir. 2002) (hereinafter Foundation I). Following entry of judgment in its favor, the Foundation moved for an award of attorneys’ fees pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 1117(a), which allows a court to award reasonable attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party if the case is "exceptional." The district court denied the Foundation’s motion because the Foundation had not shown willful infringement on the World Church’s part. Because we find this case exceptional, we reverse the judgment of the district court and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.",,,  more►


The district court itself described the World Church’s actions in this litigation as "reprehensible," "ugly," "threatening," "harassing," "anti-Semitic," and "tortious or criminal." The World Church’s actions were explicitly intended to, and did, cause the Foundation to waste time, efforts and attorneys’ fees. If the World Church’s actions do not constitute "exceptional" behavior worthy of sanction, it is hard to imagine what might....more► 


Request to Media and Tracking Organizations

COTC's congregation is inclusive of all peoples. Membership is acknowledged by self-recognition, joining in principle and witness through signature on the Sacred Mandate.

Hundreds of COTC Ordained Associate Ministers are actively serving humanity in the USA and many other countries throughout the world. Encouraging and living, peace, cooperation, harmony and understanding, regardless of race, color or creed. The confusion with Matthew Hale's association, white supremacists, hate/fear based philosophies is therefore particularly distasteful and offensive.

It would be ironic and additionally damaging to our organization if, in reporting on Mr. Hale's conviction, Judge Lefkow's tragic loss of family members or describing the investigation, the media were to continue to use  "World Church of the Creator" or "Church of the Creator."  The white supremacists have by Injunction and Final Judgment been ordered to cease using our trademark.  Mr. Hale and his associates are "The Creativity Movement." Accordingly, we ask the media use their name, not our trademark, in referring to Mr. Hale's organization.

If the trademark Church Of The Creator® is used within publication, a  statement  similar to the following would be appreciated:

The registered trademark Church Of The Creator®  belongs to TE-TA-MA Truth Foundation, a nonprofit Religious Organization, encouraging universal love and respect for all peoples, not associated or to be confused with Matthew Hale and white supremacists beliefs.


Matthew Hale was convicted April 26, 2004, for soliciting his security chief to kill federal Judge Joan Lefkow and three counts of obstructing justice.

Jon Fox a former colleague testified that Hale, angry over the outcome of a trademark infringement lawsuit, asked him if he would kill the judge, some of the attorneys involved and the leader of the Oregon-based religious group that sued. "He shouted how he wanted them dead-- the judge and the attorneys, they had to die," Jon Fox, 44, told the federal jury.

Fox, who also was once a member of a right-wing militia group in Kentucky and now lives in a homeless shelter, said that as he and Hale walked down an East Peoria street Hale also told him he wanted the Oregon minister's "church burned down around his head."

After a long, expensive legal marathon, claiming their rights, Directors and the public, through the above testimony gained new  insight into the reality of the hate, threats, and intimidation tactics being used to force termination of the trademark litigation. Fortunately the Foundation Directors and the attorneys of Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago Office, were undaunted in the quest for justice.

This unique story has generated considerable publicity. Anticipated is more coverage at the time of the sentencing. For now Federal Judge James Moody has placed a indefinite hold on that matter.

The Foundation has appealed to the media not to perpetuate further confusion in the public mind of hate/fear based white supremacists beliefs and the service, beliefs of this organization and its expression as a Church, the registered trademark Church Of The Creator®. Federal Appellate Judge Easterbrook, quoted above, has understood and described in a nutshell the "irreconcilable creeds." 

Church Of The Creator® suggests and invites your review, Sacred Mandate and Divine Right Order®, mission statements, service rendered through this organization. Mr. Hale and his colleagues are a wonderful example of patterns, what all of humanity can choose to leave behind, as no longer needed. Individual focus of attention, from what will not work, to what does work, is part of the solution. Everlasting peace and harmony is enhanced through our collective thought, word and action. Even Mr. Hale becomes a contributor, the cause of our reflecting, eliminating discriminatory thoughts, words and deed in our expression, those reading who arrived, due to his actions - in that we can find value - and give thanks.

FINAL JUDGMENT for The Foundation, after appeal to the US Supreme Court, was issued October 24, 2003. The permanent injunction, to cease and desist in use of the trademark Church Of The Creator® by white supremacists was not well received. Federal investigation, surveillance of activity, their rejection of the court ruling, resulted in grand jury allegations, issue of warrant and arrest of Mr. Hale. 


Historical Case  After repeated delays and  opportunities the Defendant white supremacists failed to appear and were fined $200,000, for contempt of Court. Due to the "Exceptional Case" ruling, the US 7th Court Of Appeals also review and established new standards for litigation conduct. The Court Mandate resulted in another Final Order, the Defendant must pay an additional $450,747,  a substantial portion of the Foundation's attorney fees during the litigation. The trademark case TE-TA-MA v World Church,  is becoming known as one of the most unusual in US history. See the  Appellant Brief - Exceptional Case Issue, filed December 22, 2003 and  Court Docket for the details,  history,  of the  twists and turns of this case.

Attorneys from Kirkland & Ellis, Plaintiff's legal team, were reported to say "I'm not expecting a check on my desk Monday morning." Plaintiff is seeking public help to offset expenses associated to the litigation. The three plus years of costly litigation has far outreached the award entered. Anyone involved in litigation know that collection is rare. To date collection has been $ 0.00.  Plaintiff invites contribution from the general public to help offset the costs, expense to stand against hate/fear and mis-use of the words "Church" and "Creator." 

The case is an example of standing against hate/fear based philosophies propelled by terrorists and bullies.  The Foundation, its directors, attorneys of Kirkland & Ellis and the judge have received and stood up to many threats,  including death and  the burning down of it's church around its director.

Undaunted, the Plaintiff Foundation has prevailed in principle and through law.  Your  help is requested to return to those who have stood up for their rights, some of the out of pocket money it has taken to reach this judgment in trademark, for surely it has had a far greater benefit to the general public that anticipated by the legal system.

This Organization incorporated in 1975, under California Statutes, a nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation, and started as Grace House Prayer Ministry several years prior to that date. Church Of The Creator®, COTC, is the Public Ministry expression of TE-TA-MA Truth Foundation-  Family of URI® Inc.  Church History


Court Rulings
Opinion & Orders

US 7th Circuit Court Of Appeals - OPINION of December 13, 2004 - Rules case "Exceptional"

US 7 th Circuit Court Of Appeals - OPINION of July 25, 2002

Exceptional Case Issue Appellant Brief December 22, 2003

US Supreme Court Certiorari Denied January 13, 2003

Permanent Injunction Order November 19, 2002

Order on Contempt and Fine, May 1, 2003

FINAL JUDGMENT Entered October 24, 2003

Docket - Case Event History May 2000 through October 2003


®   Litigation Updates

Trademark Update April 27, 2003

IP  Report FindLaw January 14, 2005

Defendant Conduct "Oppressive"


History & Comment By Other Organizations

"Hate Takes A Hit"

ADL Acknowledgment & "ripple effect"

"Citizens Against Hate"


USA  v.  Matthew Hale

Hale Sentenced April 6, 2005

Hale Sentence Memorandum

Hale Conviction Sustained by Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

USA v. Hale G. Jury Charges


USA  v.  William A. White

"ROANOKE.COM"  by Laurence Hammack

USA v White - Indictment

USA v White - Complaint

USA v White - Evidence/Postings

Additional Indictments Article 12-12-08

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