THE NAME GAME: The Friends of the Ballona Wetlands, a 20-year-old environmental group formed to save the wetlands from the Playa Vista development near Marina Del Rey, is asking that a newer group be enjoined from using a similar name.

Friends of the Ballona Wetlands sued Save Ballona Wetlands last August, said Ruth Lansford, chairwoman of Friends. But to accelerate the process, the group requested the injunction Friday to prevent Save Ballona Wetlands from using the name until the lawsuit goes to trial, she said. The suit alleges that the name "Save Ballona Wetlands" confuses people because it is too close to the name Friends of Ballona Wetlands.

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