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Cubs sue fake ‘Billy Cub’ mascot who got in bar fight

As if the Chicago Cubs don’t already have enough to worry about with improving their last-place team, now they have to worry about legal matters with unauthorized mascots.

Billy Cub mascotExactly one year ago we passed along a story about the Cubs sending a cease and desist letter to a man who was parading around Wrigleyville as an unauthorized mascot. The man, John Paul Weier, wears a furry costume and Cubs jersey with the name “Billy Cub” on the back. He recruited others to wear the mascot as well, and they show up around Wrigley Field to take pictures with fans, dance with them, and do other things.

But their behavior hasn’t been that of a typical mascot.

The Cubs allege that the men charge for pictures and ask for tips. They also allegedly have made rude, profane and derogatory remarks to fans and season ticket holders. The “Billy Cub” mascot is not affiliated with the team and therefore making the organization look bad, the team says. And that is why they filed a lawsuit Friday.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs filed a lawsuit against Weier and his mascot friends, saying the men are not affiliated with the organization and that they are violating the team’s trademarks by using the character to mislead people. What’s worse is that the men are accused of trying to profit off the fake mascot character.

The Sun-Times says the suit alleges that “Weier owns or operates websites and social media accounts dedicated to promoting the Billy Cub character, and has sold merchandise related to the character.”

The Cubs are suing for damages, legal fees and all the profits the men have made from the character on grounds of trademark infringement, deceptive trade practice and injury to the Cubs’ reputation.

Surely you laugh at the thought that a fake mascot harming the Cubs’ reputation more than the Cubs have already done by not winning a World Series since 1908 … but a video of the Billy Cub punching a guy at a bar went viral a few months ago, and that’s definitely something the Cubs don’t want to be associated with. Then when you combine them mistreating fans or charging for things, that’s enough to tick off an organization. It’s clear the guy behind the “Billy Cub” is being a real jackass. The Cubs are going to win this suit and should.

Next up I hope the Cubs sue this TV network for making their mascot look even worse!

Head over to Page 2 to see many pictures of Billy Cub posing with fans.

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Donald Sterling lost his dang mind in court, berated lawyer, called out wife and NBA

Donald SterlingDonald Sterling lost his dang mind in court Tuesday when he testified in the case regarding his removal as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Donald’s wife, Shelly, had her husband examined by two doctors in May who both declared he was mentally unfit to run the team. As a result, Shelly became the sole controller of the Sterling Family Trust — which owned the Clippers — and received the NBA’s blessing to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Sterling is suing and saying he was not legally removed as owner of the team.

[Related: Donald Sterling couldn’t number a clock, spell words backwards]

The man who initially made his career and name as a lawyer was in peak condition Tuesday and as combative as you could imagine while testifying in court. ESPN’s Arash Markazi live-tweeted the testimony and described Sterling as “combative” and “argumentative.” Some of the quotes indicate Sterling called out his wife, the NBA and the opposing lawyer.

Take a look at some of these gems as described by Markazi.

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Yankees fan Andrew Robert Rector suing ESPN for showing him sleeping on TV

Andrew-Robert-RectorA New York Yankees fan who fell asleep during a game at Yankee Stadium earlier this year has filed a $10 million lawsuit against ESPN. According to the New York Post, Andrew Robert Rector specifically named ESPN anchors John Kruk and Dan Shulman in the lawsuit and has accused them of taunting him.

Rector alleges that Kruk and Shulman spewed an “avalanche of disparaging words” against him and insulted him with words like “stupor, fatty, unintelligent and stupid.” The video above shows Kruk and Shulman mocking Rector, but none of those words were said in that particular clip.

Rector, who admits that he “briefly” fell asleep during the game between the Yankees and Boston Red Sox on April 13, said the play-by-play team taunted him knowing that millions of viewers were tuning in. He claims Kruk and Shulman made “false statements” against him and suggested he “is a fatty cow that need two seats at a time” and “is a confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankee.” Yes, the typos come directly from the lawsuit.

The suit names ESPN, MLB and the Yankees as defendants. The entire complaint can be read at The Smoking Gun.

In all likelihood, Rector’s lawsuit will be dismissed. Just a gut feeling.

H/T Sporting News

US Patent Office cancels Washington Redskins’ trademark

Washington Redskins helmetIn a major development that could very well lead to the end of the Washington Redskins’ franchise name as we know it, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ruled on Wednesday that the Redskins’ federal trademark has been cancelled. The ruling was made on the ground that the team name is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

Travis Waldron of Think Progress first broke the news, noting that a name that is found to be disparaging, offensive or racist in nature cannot be trademarked under federal law. Amanda Blackhorse, who brought the motion against Pro-Football Inc., described the ruling as a “great victory” for Native Americans.

“I am extremely happy that the [Board] ruled in our favor,” Blackhorse said in a statement. “It is a great victory for Native Americans and for all Americans. We filed our petition eight years ago and it has been a tough battle ever since. I hope this ruling brings us a step closer to that inevitable day when the name of the Washington football team will be changed. The team’s name is racist and derogatory. I’ve said it before and I will say it again – if people wouldn’t dare call a Native American a ‘redskin’ because they know it is offensive, how can an NFL football team have this name?”

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s full decision can be read here. Here are some of the most crucial findings.

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Sarah Jones loses defamation lawsuit against Nik Richie

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Sarah Jones, the former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who had a sexual relationship with an underage student who later became her fiance, lost her defamation lawsuit against Nik Richie and his gossip website TheDirty.com earlier this week. A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel overturned a verdict from last year that had awarded Jones $338,000.

According to Amber Hunt of The Cincinnati Enquirer, the court ruled that Richie was protected under the Communications Decency Act of 1996, also known as CDA. The statute protects website operators from being held accountable for content posted by third parties. The lawsuit Jones filed had to do with an anonymous user who posted on TheDirty.com that she had sex with half the Bengals team and had contracted sexually transmitted diseases.

Hunt noted that Jones’ case against Richie had been watched closely by First Amendment lawyers and major corporations like Google, eBay, Facebook and Amazon — all of which filed a joint brief in support of Richie. On Monday, Richie posted a photo of the court filing on his Instagram page with the following caption.

“Just incase you are wondering, I saved the internet today. Your freedom continues. Congress enacted 230 c1 to preserve a free internet, and that enactment resolves this case. Bottom line: always fight for what you believe. #Freedom.”

Jones will now look to take the case to Supreme Court.

“It’s disappointing,” her lawyer Chris Roach said. “We were really hoping it would be Nik Richie who would be (taking the case) to the Supreme Court, but we’ll be doing it instead.”

Roach claims that Richie encouraged people to post defamatory content about Jones, making him more than just an innocent bystander.

“(The case is a) green light to do anything that’s technically illegal on the Internet,” Roach said. “It’s letting (Richie) post whatever he wants with immunity.”

As an example, Roach cited a post a few years back where Richie allegedly wrote, “Why are high school teachers freaks in the sack?” and signed his name.

With major companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon backing him, it’s hard to imagine Richie losing in Supreme Court. The case could wind up being incredibly costly for Jones.

Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches suing police over child abduction charge

Dwyane Wade Siohvaughn FunchesDwyane Wade’s lawsuit-happy, whacked-out, totally nutso ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches is suing her ex-husband’s attorney and Dolton Police alleging that they framed her for child abduction, according to a report.

The Chicago Sun-Times says Funches claims police “violently attacked” her at her home two years ago. In the suit, she alleges that Wade’s divorce attorney James Pritikin conspired with Dolton Police officers to have her falsely arrested for child abduction when she did not return her children to her ex-husband as directed by a judge.

And how’s this? Funches reportedly “says she suffered a torn rotator cuff, asthma attack and a panic attack due to her rough treatment during the arrest.”

[Related: Dwyane Wade’s ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches acting homeless on Chicago streets]

As a bonus, Siohvaughn is acting as her own attorney. Maybe that’s because nobody wanted to work with her anymore.

This woman is nuts. Simply nuts.

Report: Nerlens Noel demands DNA test after paying three months of child support

Nerlens-NoelNerlens Noel just turned 20 in April, but the former Kentucky star is already reportedly learning what a child support battle is all about. According to TMZ, a woman has filed a lawsuit against Noel in an attempt to get him to cough up some hefty child support payments.

The woman, who is named Jamie, claims Noel signed an affidavit in May 2013 admitting he is the father of her child the week after he was born. Legal documents obtained by TMZ say Noel agreed to pay Jamie $10,000 per month in child support and only did so for three months. He is now demanding a DNA test.

For whatever reason, Noel suddenly decided to respond with legal documents of his own claiming he is not convinced he is the child’s father. The Philadelphia 76ers center says he signed the affidavit “without first fully reading and understanding” its content.

“[He] does not have sufficient knowledge of information to know whether [Jamie] engaged in sexual relations with other men during the times pertinent to this case,” Noel’s lawyer wrote in his legal filing.

TMZ featured a photo of Noel next to the child, and they look pretty similar. If he did in fact agree to pay Jamie $10,000 per month and a DNA test determines he is the father, Noel is going to owe her quite a bit of money.