December 24, 2007
Chuck Norris Cannot In Fact Do a Wheelie on a Unicycle, It Seems
Okay, I can't make this quite be a torts suit, since it seems solidly in the IP camp, but I can't resist it anyway. Chuck Norris is suing Penguin Books and the TruthAboutChuck.com website for the satirical "facts" about him, such as the unicycle-wheelie one above and the like ("Chuck Norris counted to infinity. Twice.").
"Some of the 'facts' in the book are racist, lewd or portray Mr. Norris as engaged in illegal activities," the lawsuit alleges.
Norris, who rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s as the star of such films as "The Delta Force" and "Missing in Action," says the book's title would mislead readers into thinking the facts were true.
"Defendants have misappropriated and exploited Mr. Norris's name and likeness without authorization for their own commercial profit," said the lawsuit.
The suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, seeks unspecified monetary damages for trademark infringement, unjust enrichment and privacy rights.
There. That's my Christmas gift to you.
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