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Motion for Preliminary Injunction Filed Against NAFI Denied

On November 23, 2009 the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued an Order denying the Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed by Sandy Hill, Jo Ann Hill and Richard Stowell. The Court concluded that a preliminary injunction is not warranted and the Court found that the Hills and Stowell did not demonstrate that they are likely to succeed on the merits. In denying the motion, the Court further concluded that it is undisputed that NAFI has offered the Master Instructor Program since 1997 that NAFI’s name has always been associated with the Master Instructor Program and that NAFI has invested in the advertising, marketing and administration of the Program.

The Order relates to the continuing litigation filed by the two former board members and Richard Stowell claiming that they own the Master Instructor accreditation program that has been offered by NAFI since 1997.

“This is the result that we anticipated from the Court,” said NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair. “We are confident in regard to our ownership rights to the Master Instructor accreditation program and will continue to defend the Master Instructor accreditation program and all of those individuals who have been accredited through NAFI’s program since 1997.”

NAFI will continue to vigorously defend its ownership of the Master Instructor accreditation program from the claims being made by the Hills and Stowell. NAFI intends to prove that the Master Instructor Program is, and has always been, a NAFI developed and owned program.

For more information, contact:

Jason Blair

Executive Director, NAFI

(920) 426-6801

[email protected]