Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk is suing an Oak Park man he alleges has been selling hockey jerseys and other clothing containing his name, number and likeness without his permission.
A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before Oakland Circuit Judge Martha D. Anderson in the lawsuit, filed against Pasha LLC, Pasha Sportwear and Terrance Sullivan. Pasha is Datsyuk's nickname.
Anderson has issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the group from "using any word, name, mark, likeness or combination thereof which may be calculated to falsely represent" the products are being sold with the permission of Datsyuk.
The hearing will be to determine why Anderson should not make the action a permanent injunction.
"Pavel Datsyuk is more focused right now on playing hockey this season and bringing the Stanley Cup back to Detroit," his attorney, Mahesh Nayak, said Monday.
"But this is serious and we have to put a stop to it. This is confusing to his fans and damaging to him personally."
According to the lawsuit, Sullivan has been marketing and manufacturing Datsyuk-related products since at least early 2012, including red-and white shirts with his name, his nickname "Pasha" and "13," the number he has worn for the Wings since 2001.
Among products offered on an "unauthorized Datsyuk Facebook page" on the Internet is a T-shirt that reads "moves like Datsyuk" — a takeoff on the popular song "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5.
Sullivan could not be reached for comment. He has been ordered to turn over business records concerning sales of Datsyuk-related products.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130205/METRO02/302050353#ixzz2K2FyB621
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