Andre Agassi Sues to Stop Three Web Sites From Using His Name
By Erik Larson
(Bloomberg) -- Andre Agassi, the retired tennis star whose name is licensed by Nike Inc. and Adidas AG, sued three Web site addresses that bear his name, claiming they were registered in “bad faith” to profit from his popularity.
The domain names, andre-agassi.com, andre-agassi.net and andre-agassi.info, should be transferred to Agassi’s ownership, the tennis star’s licensing company, Agassi Enterprises Inc., said in a complaint filed May 12 in federal court in Las Vegas.
“Andre Agassi remains very much in the public spotlight through his philanthropic efforts and business dealings, which include the branding of the Agassi name and trademark,” Agassi Enterprises, which is based in Las Vegas, said in the complaint, which claims violations of so-called cybersquatting laws.
The popularity of the 39-year-old athlete, an Olympic gold medal winner who captured eight Grand Slam titles, has been bolstered by television commercials and endorsement deals that depend on protection of his trademark rights. Agassi retired from tennis in 2006 with winnings of more than $31 million.
The companies that registered the domain names are St. Johns, Antigua-based Standard Bearer Enterprises Ltd., Panama City, Florida-based Garvin Advertising Agency and Scottsdale, Arizona-based DomainsBy*****, according to the complaint.
The case is Agassi Enterprises, Inc. v. andre-agassi.com, 2:09-cv-00849, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (Las Vegas).
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Last Updated: May 14, 2009 00:01 EDT