The Seventh-day Adventist Church filed a lawsuit Nov. 24 against The Federation of Jewish Adventist Society to force the Valley Center group to stop using the word "Adventist" in its name, according to a published report.
The Maryland-based leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church alleges trademark infringement and unfair competition in the suit, filed in San Diego federal court.
It argues that use of the word "Adventist" by any other group creates confusion.
But the Federation's leader, Rabbi Ben-Hayil Yellen, said the suit violates his religious rights.
The Jewish group has hired an attorney, but he said they don't have the money to fight a suit he called "unjust."