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by George Malik on 02/05/13 at 04:10 PM ET
Yesterday, the Detroit News's Mike Martindale reported that Pavel Datsyuk's suing a local businessperson who's been selling memorabilia with Datsyuk's likeness on them for some time now, and today, the Detroit Free Press's George Sipple spoke to Datsyuk's lawyer, who wants people to know that the lawsuit is not a, "Find someone who's may or may not be violating the concept of intellectual property and sue the pants off of them" one:
“Lawyers have been involved in efforts to try to amicably resolve this matter since the summer of 2012,” said Datsyuk’s attorney, Mahesh Nayak. “If you can believe it, we have given efforts to that degree to amicably resolve it since that time and have been obviously unsuccessful in getting there.”
Datsyuk wears the No. 13 for the Red Wings, which use a red and white color scheme on their hockey jerseys.
A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before Oakland Circuit Judge Martha D. Anderson. The suit is filed against Pasha LLC, Pasha Sportwear and Terrance Sullivan.
Nayak said Datsyuk’s nickname “Pasha” and the number 13 have been used, “among other things, like his image on a jersey with his name ... on and off.” The products also use a red and white color scheme.
“A temporary restraining order was entered Friday, which prohibits in the interim, infringement as has been alleged in the complaint,” Nayak said. “It is our hope and desire to bring this to a quick resolution. We don’t wish for it to go on any longer than necessary.”
The temporary restraining order was issued last week against Pasha LLC, Pasha Sportwear and Sullivan.
“The suggestion that (Datsyuk) is somehow affiliated with this Pasha LLC got to a point where we couldn’t amicably resolve it,” Nayak said. “The only way to deal with it, unfortunately, would be proceeding with this lawsuit.”
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