A money management firm and the shareholders of one of the firm's tiny, low-ranking closed-end funds are in the midst of an unusual struggle over who has the right to use the fund's name.

CEF Advisers of New York wants shareholders of its Bull & Bear U.S. Government Securities Fund to authorize the elimination of "Bull & Bear" from the fund's name. CEF last month cancelled the fund's license to use the name and says the fund now has no legal right to continue carrying the "Bull & Bear" title.

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