Plaintiff is an actor, producer, and writer, best known for his performance as “Too Sweet” in 1979′s Penitentiary and its sequels. He is also a partner of a food company with Smokey Robinson, Smokey Robinson Foods.This lawsuit involves Plaintiff’s attempt to get the domain name leonisaackennedy.com from an alleged cybersquatter, via the registrar GoDaddy.
Leon Isaac Kennedy v. GoDaddy Inc. et al
Court Case Number: 1:13-cv-00876-RLY-DML File Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Plaintiff: Leon Isaac Kennedy Plaintiff Counsel: Theodore J. Minch of Sovich Minch LLP Defendant: GoDaddy Inc., Spirit Media, Arthur Phoenix, John Doe Cause: Violation of 1125(a), Violation of 1125(d), Unfair Competition, Violation of Indiana Right of Publicity, Conversion, Deception, Indiana Crime Victims’ Act Court: Southern District of Indiana Judge: Judge Richard L. Young Referred To: Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch
Complaint (originally filed in Hamilton Superior Court):
The Estate of Bette Davis et al v. Erickson Beamon, Ltd.
Court Case Number: 1:12-cv-01687-JMS-DKL File Date: Friday, November 16, 2012 Plaintiff: The Estate of Betty Davis, CMG Worldwide, Inc. Plaintiff Counsel: Theodore John Minch of Sovich Minch LLP Defendant: Erickson Beamon, Ltd. Cause: Indiana State Statutory Right of Publicity, California State Statutory Right of Publicity, Other Statutory and Common Law Rights of Publicity, Unfair Competition, Common Law Unfair Competition, Unjust Enrichment, Conversion, Deception, Indiana Crime Victims’ Act Court: Southern District of Indiana Judge: Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson Referred To: Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue
Net Pro Trading Card Company, LLC v. Ace Authentic Sports memorabilia, LLC et al
Interesting case. Plaintiff Net Pro was apparently the first company to make tennis trading cards way back in 1991. Defendant also makes tennis trading cards. As part of a recent promo series, Defendant has been packaging its own cards along with older, more valuable cards of Plaintiff (e.g. a Plaintiff 2003 rookie card of Rafa Nadal, etc.) Plaintiff feels Defendant’s actions have damaged its ability to sell its own stock of older cards. Kind of a flea-market, “first sale,” nominative fair use case. Despite Plaintiff including such colorful claims as “Deception” the “Indiana Crime Victims’ Act,” I don’t think this case is an easy slam…it could definitely go 5 sets with the proper defense.
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Court Case Number: 1:10-cv-01236-JMS-TAB
File Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Plaintiff: Net Pro Trading Card Company, LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Theodore John Minch of Sovich Minch LLP
Defendant: Ace Authentic Sports memorabilia, LLC, John Reichel
Cause: Trademark Infringement, False Endorsement, False Advertising, Common Law Unfair Competition, Unjust Enrichment, Conversion, Deception, Indiana Crime Victims’ Act
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker