An Oak Park man temporarily blocked by court order from selling any shirts or items linked to Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk said Monday he has proof the hockey star was involved and previously gave his approval to such actions
Terrance Sullivan was sued this month in Oakland Circuit Court by Datsyuk, who claims Sullivan's Pasha Sportswear company was not authorized to use his likeness in any products.
The case is before Oakland Circuit Judge Martha Anderson who last week issued a preliminary injunction against Sullivan advertising Datsyuk items on Facebook, or manufacturing or selling the items after she was told there is no written contract or authorization between the sides.
But Sullivan and his attorney told Anderson he has known Datsyuk socially for about five years, and Datsyuk agreed to the actions and even took some of the shirts with him to Russia and passed them out to friends and relatives. Datsyuk's nickname is "Pasha."
According to a statement issued Monday, Sullivan said "because of Mr. Datsyuk's unreasonable payment demands, the company was unable to reach agreement on royalty fees to be paid to Mr. Datsyuk and the parties mutually agreed to terminate the business relationship."
Sullivan said the lawsuit is "full of errors, omissions and mischaracterizations that will be demonstrated in court."
The lawsuit alleges the red and white shirts include Datsyuk's likeness, his uniform number "13" and expressions like "moves like Datsyuk" and "You've been Datsyuked."
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130211/METRO02/302110368#ixzz2KbLoK65E
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