Clint Eastwood sues furniture company for using his name without permission!
Clint Eastwood sues furniture company for using his name and image!
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 23, 2008) (HOLLYWOODTV) - The Oscar winning actor and filmmaker, Clint Eastwood, has sued a company called Evofurniture, as well as a website called Inmod.com and its domain name owners Alan Finkelstein and Casey Choron, for allegedly offering for sale entertainment centers, ottomans, and chairs named after him!
In a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this week, Eastwood claims Evofurniture and the Inmod website "are continuing to use Mr. Eastwood's name, identity, and persona for the purpose of attracting attention to the infringing products." Further, Eastwood claims the stores have used marketing statements such as, "When you're invited into a person's home, you get to see 'the good, the bad, and the ugly.' When visitors come to your home, the Clint 47" Entertainment Center makes your family room alone look like you live in 'a perfect world' of a 'million dollar baby.'
Another marketing statement includes, "Whether your favorite movies are 'Westerns from the 1970's or drama's from the 2000's,' you need a comfortably stylish place to hang out and watch them. If you're planning on having friends over for 'Dirty Harry' marathons, then you definitely need something hip and modern. What you need is the Clint 71" Entertainment Center."
Eastwood, claims the furniture stores didn't seek permission to trade on the goodwill associated with his name and his movies. "Accordingly," says the complaint, "Defendants are liable to Mr. Eastwood for the infringement of his rights." Eastwood is seeking a permanent injunction against the use of his name, image, and other rights of publicity, as well as unspecified damages.
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