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Wichita Area Builders association files lawsuit over "home show" name

WICHITA — The Wichita Area Builders Association has a filed a lawsuit against Missouri-based RJ Promotions in Sedgwick County District Court over competing “Home Show” names.

WABA president and chief executive Wess Galyon says his group, which has been doing a Wichita home show for more than 55 years, has several forms of the name registered with the Secretary of State and had to file a lawsuit to protect them.

No one with RJ Promotions could be reached for comment, but Galyon says a couple of years back the two groups reached an agreement that RJ wouldn’t use any variation of home show, “which they had agreed not to do because it confuses the public.”

Galyon says a WABA member recently received a RJ advertisement that violated that agreement.

“If he wants to do a show, that’s fine,” Galyon says. “But let’s be clear who’s show it is.”