PONTIAC (WWJ/AP) – A Michigan judge has ordered a man to stop selling memorabilia featuring the name, image or jersey number of Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk.
Oakland County Circuit Judge Martha Anderson on Wednesday issued the preliminary injunction against Terrance Sullivan and his companies, Pasha Sportswear and Pasha LLC.
Datsyuk’s nickname is Pasha. He’s suing Sullivan, claiming the Oak Park man has been selling T-shirts and other items with his name or likeness without permission.
Sullivan’s lawyer, Kevin Stoops, said his client’s business isn’t “a bootleg operation.” Stoops said he has emails between Sullivan and Datsyuk regarding product plans and manufacture dating back five years.
Stoops described the relationship between Sullivan and Datsyuk as “a business relationship which unfortunately had to part,” saying the pair has known each other since 2008. But Datsyuk’s attorney, Jordan Bolton, said his client has no relationship with Sullivan, business-related or otherwise.
Anderson allowed Sullivan to maintain a Facebook account related to Pasha, but ordered that he include a disclaimer that the page isn’t associated with Datsyuk.
The Red Wings forward is seeking unspecified damages. A trial date has been set for Sept. 9.
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