One of the major drawbacks of being famous is it that everyone is out to make a buck off you, whether they have a right to or not. Be it product endorsements, scandalous images or even going through your garbage for some odd treasure, people want to know everything in order to earn self-worth.
For Andrew Luck, the presumed number one pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, he's learning early that fame has it's price as he fends off a lawsuit from a company using his image to make a buck.
Luck is currently being sued by Leaf Trading Cards LLC company who is stating that their use of Luck's image in their trading cards is within their legal right.
The company produced the Luck card using images of Luck from the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a high school all-star game played in San Antonio and a game in which they have the rights to. Upon production of the card, Luck's attorney sent a 'cease and desist' message to the company, stating that they were infringing on Luck's 'publicity rights'.
Leaf, however, demand that they are in the right and have decided to take it to the courts with their lawsuit against Luck.
"Leaf Trading Cards is disappointed that it was forced to submit this matter to the judicial system," Leaf attorney O. Luke Davis III said in a statement released by the company. "We are confident, however, that the court will find that Leaf has the right to produce and sell the Andrew Luck trading cards."
As of right now, it is unclear whether Leaf is seeking any punitive damages from Luck, but it assumed that since they filed a declaratory judgment, the company may only attempt to assert the right to produce the trading card.
Welcome to life in the limelight Andrew, this is only just the beginning.
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