Dana Nagel

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The proof is in the pudding. Proving something by a preponderance of the evidence is a tough burden to bear. In any civil case, the party who bears the burden of proof is at a disadvantage from the beginning. Accordingly, courts take their time deciding which party has to ultimately persuade the court to find in its favor. While history has decided many questions about who bears the burden, the same is not true in trademark law. Courts have had immense difficulty determining which party, in trademark cases, loses if the evidence is balanced. This note examines a continuing split in the courts and a case only recently decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit choosing which approach to ultimately follow.