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Merriman sues Tila Tequila for copyright infringement

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Karen Kucher, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    December 10, 2009



    SAN DIEGO — San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman filed a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit Wednesday against reality television star Tila Nguyen, alleging she posted pictures of Merriman and used his “Lights Out” trademark on her Web site without permission.
    The federal lawsuit alleges that Nguyen, also known by her stage name Tila Tequila, used the pictures to drive traffic to her site so visitors would purchase goods and services such as music and jewelry and VIP services.
    Merriman, who runs a business called Lights Out Holdings, said he had been negotiating an agreement with Walmart stores for the distribution of T-shirts.
    According to the suit, Walmart has “delayed” its dealings with Merriman. Merriman also said his relationship with the San Diego Chargers has suffered because of Nguyen’s statements and actions.
    “All I can say is there is a lot of untruths out there. It’s not fair,” Merriman said in an interview after practice Thursday afternoon. “To a certain point, when things are said that are totally bogus, you have to stick up for yourself.”
    Merriman says that Nguyen’s use of his “Lights Out” trademark “is likely to confuse consumers into believing there is an affiliation, connection, sponsorship or other form of relationship between defendant and plaintiff which in fact does not exist.”
    Merriman alleges that Nguyen set out to make unfounded charges on her Web site, to the press and to other people knowing they would interfere with his business relationships. These include allegations that he choked and attacked her, that he “sleeps with minors and forces them to take drugs” and used illegal drugs.
    Merriman says in the lawsuit that she has admitted making false statements about the football player.
    He is seeking an injunction from trademark and copyright infringement, statutory damages of up to $2 million and other unspecified damages.
    The linebacker said his recent legal entanglements are not distracting him from the football field.
    “Right now I’m so focused on finishing out this stretch, that’s not even on the front or back of my mind,” Merriman said in an interview. “It’s in my lawyers hands, and they’ll deal with it.”
    In November, Nguyen filed a lawsuit against Merriman in state court, accusing him of assault, battery and false imprisonment,
    She alleged that on Sept. 5 she and Merriman got into a dispute over his “temper, his drug use and derogatory comments” toward her, according to her lawsuit. She also said she refused to take drugs and that upset Merriman.
    According to Nguyen, Merriman allegedly choked her when she tried to leave his Poway home. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the house and arrested Merriman after Nguyen signed a citizen’s complaint against him.
    Merriman has said that Nguyen was drunk and he was trying to prevent her from driving.
    Sheriff’s deputies said they saw no signs of injury or struggle and the District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges, saying there was not enough evidence to prove a crime was committed.

    Staff Writer Kevin Acee contributed to this report
     
  2. PB Bolt

    PB Bolt Well-Known Member

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    Are Tila Tequila's "VIP services" what I think they are?
     
  3. LV Bolt Fan

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    Good for Shawne! :yes:
     
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    Which will be added to the defamation suits
     
  5. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Damn right:abq2::abq2:
     
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    Who is Merriman's lawyer? Cromartie? This is ditch bank oakie stupid.
     
  7. jerry62

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    Way to go Shawne!
     
  8. bigmike.x.09

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    paybacks a bietch
     
  9. Sydalish

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    I hope his legal team has lots of fun :yes:
     
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    I wish to God I was on that legal team, like shooting retarded fish in a bathtub
     
  11. bigmike.x.09

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    with a grenade launcher
     
  12. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    She's got some kind of sex tape out there from a stolen laptop, according to her.
     
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    This is going to be fun.
     

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