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by George Malik on 02/06/13 at 03:23 PM ET
Pavel Datsyuk's lawyer headed to court today to deal with a lawsuit filed against a local businessman who was making, selling and profiting from Datsyuk-themed merchandise, and the Detroit News's Mike Martindale reports (via RedWingsFeed) that "Pasha LLC" has been barred from selling its t-shirts and jerseys:
Oakland Circuit Judge Martha D. Anderson issued a preliminary injunction after hearing arguments from attorneys for Datsyuk and for Terrance Sullivan and his businesses, Pasha LLC and Pasha Sportswear.
Datsyuk's attorneys, who seek unspecified damages in a lawsuit against Sullivan and his companies, claim Sullivan's actions have confused the public and harmed the hockey star.
Sullivan's attorney, Kevin Stoops, told Anderson there have been emails between Sullivan and Datsyuk regarding product plans and manufacture dating back five years, and that he intends to file them in the case.
He said Sullivan and Datsyuk have known each other socially since 2008, about which time Sullivan proposed a line of sportswear involving the hockey star.
"This is not a bootleg operation," said Stoops. "(Datsyuk) obtained T-shirts and passed them out to friends and family in Russia. … this has been a business relationship which unfortunately had to part — this happens every day."
Datsyuk's attorney, Jordan Bolton, stressed there was no contract between his client and Sullivan.
"Whatever delusions (Sullivan) had, they should have been eliminated with the cease-and-desist communications we sent or by this lawsuit," said Bolton.
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