Steve Dimopoulos, a private damage lawyer in Las Vegas, has filed a federal lawsuit towards the NFL and the Las Vegas Raiders after they allegedly threatened “heightened authorized penalties” on account of his Super Bowl LVII advert.
Dimopoulos aired a business within the Las Vegas media market and on YouTube selling his legislation agency, Dimopoulos Injury Law, which featured Raiders defensive finish Maxx Crosby, Vegas Golden Knights ahead Williams Karlsson and UFC fighter Jon Jones.
The advert confirmed every athlete coaching and Dimopoulos prepping to go to court docket.
The NFL and Raiders despatched a joint cease-and-desist letter to Dimopoulos Feb. 22, demanding he cease airing the business or he’ll face authorized penalties for trademark infringement. They gave him a deadline of March 1 to reply, and he did so along with his federal lawsuit.
Dimopoulos informed Fox News Digital there isn’t any trademark infringement in his business.
“I’ve been utilizing the silver and black colours earlier than the Raiders introduced they have been transferring to city years in the past,” Dimopolous mentioned, referring to Crosby placing on a black and silver jersey and helmet in the course of the business. Dimopolous says he’s been utilizing these colours since 2012.
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“[The Raiders] come to city, they usually have the identical colour scheme. And they’re taking this place that I can’t use my very own colours on this Super Bowl advert I simply ran as a result of it’s trademark infringement,” the lawyer mentioned.
“We have been very cautious to not use any Raiders logos. The solely logos that seem within the business are my legislation agency’s logos. Some individuals say that kinda resembles the Raiders’ mark. It actually doesn’t. To the extent that it does, it’s the identical evaluation: I used to be utilizing that very same emblem right here in Vegas lengthy earlier than they got here right here.”
Dimopoulos’ reasoning behind the lawsuit isn’t to simply defend his Super Bowl advert.
“I knew sufficient that that is kinda ridiculous, and I did somewhat little bit of analysis and I rapidly realized that the NFL has a repute for kinda being abusive and overreaching on their mental property rights,” he defined. “Suing small companies, attacking individuals in small enterprise that don’t have the information or the sources to defend themselves. That was kinda a part of my motive. I simply need to arise for these individuals.”
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“The NFL has been a trademark bully for too lengthy,” Dimopoulous’ lawyer, Marc Randazza, mentioned in an announcement. “Everybody simply caves in once they threaten them. … All Dimopoulos is in search of on this case is to be left alone. The NFL doesn’t personal the colours silver and black, and my consumer has a proper to proceed utilizing his colour scheme.”
As for Crosby’s involvement within the business, Dimopolous mentioned the two-time Pro Bowler “signed off on the truth that this association didn’t battle with, or violate, any third-party agreements.”
The NFL and the Raiders didn’t instantly reply a request for remark.
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