Judge Enters Final Judgement Against Frank Wildman and Feldenkrais Movement Institute

By: Nancy Haller, President, on behalf of the FGNA Board of Directors
We are a community with Standards of Practice and a Code of Professional Conduct to uphold as individual practitioners and as a collective. 
Our service marks provide boundaries of use granted only to those who maintain their right to use. When there is violation of these principles we are required to take the necessary steps to maintain our community. The decisions are made with deliberation, legal support and at times, sad hearts. This has occurred recently and the outcome is now final.                              

On August 6, 2018, US District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers entered a final judgement and consent order in the lawsuit “Feldenkrais Guild of North America v. Wildman et al”.

The judge found Wildman to be in breach of his contract with FGNA and that he had infringed on FGNA's trademark rights. Wildman's conduct would have continued to cause FGNA irreparable harm. The court ordered Wildman and Feldenkrais Movement Institute to refrain from using FGNA marks, and comply with the terms of the settlement agreement that the parties entered into on July 27, 2018.

This settlement strengthens the protection of our service marks for any cases that may arise in the future. We continue to require the correct use of the service marks by all Guild Certified Feldenkrais PractitionersCM and Authorized Awareness Through Movement® Teachers.