Just Because The Person You're Suing Has Mastered A California Accent, It Doesn't Make California The Proper Jurisdiction

from the talk-about-a-longshot dept

We had mentioned earlier this year how NBA player Chris Bosh had sued the producers of the reality TV show Basketball Wives for having an ex-girlfriend of his on the show. He claimed that it was a violation of his trademark, publicity rights and life rights. Oh yeah, he also complained that since the woman was never his "wife" there's a problem with the name of the show. Beyond just suing the producers of the show, he also sued the woman for appearing on the show, and she countersued him in part because she was soon kicked off the show. Either way Bosh and the producers settled, but the lawsuit against the woman continued... but has now been tossed over jurisdictional issues. You see, neither Bosh nor the woman, Allison Mathis, are in California, where the lawsuit was filed. Amazingly, Bosh tried (and failed) to get around this by saying that, well, she "has mastered a California accent." The court, pretty clearly, did not find that a compelling explanation for why the case belonged in California.
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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 25 Aug 2011 @ 3:06am

    Like fer sure yer honorness, I am tooootaly from California so this is the like awesomest place for me to like sue and stuff ya know?

    Reality "Stars" aren't to bright.

    Maybe John Waters had it right...

    "If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't ____ 'em!" — John Waters

    If you watch someone on TV and they are stupid, don't watch them.

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    Blatant Coward (profile), 25 Aug 2011 @ 3:46am

    Would this mean to be a patent troll I'd have to learn to speak Texican?

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    abc gum, 25 Aug 2011 @ 5:04am

    life rights - "you need a celebrity's permission to portray them"

    What about our laugh rights, we have the right to laugh at the expense of others.

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    Lesath (profile), 25 Aug 2011 @ 7:15am

    *in his best Keanu Reeves voice* whoah

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    Stuart, 25 Aug 2011 @ 7:49am

    And this is why I hate basketball.

    Of all the sports I know of basketball players are, as a group, the stupidest athletes out there.

    Stupider even than those guy who do the backyard wrestling thing.

    Basketball is a sport by thugs, for thugs.

    Now football is starting to go that direction as well. (Real football. Not that round ball game the rest of the world plays.) :)

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      Any Mouse (profile), 25 Aug 2011 @ 8:24am

      Re:

      Basketball was a sport created by a professor at the International YMCA Training School (that's Springfield College, these days) to keep people active during the winter. Yep. A sport 'by thugs,' for certain.

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        PRMan, 25 Aug 2011 @ 11:28am

        Re: Re:

        He didn't say how it started, but this is what he believes that it has become. I don't watch it enough to have an opinion these days, but there are thugs/criminals in every sport.

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      The Groove Tiger (profile), 25 Aug 2011 @ 2:43pm

      Re:

      "Starting to go"? hahahaha...

      Oh, wait. You're serious. Let me laugh even harder. HAHAHAHAHAHA.

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      Schmoo, 26 Aug 2011 @ 4:43am

      Re:

      "Real football. Not that round ball game the rest of the world plays."

      Remind me which appendage is used to play the "round ball game"? :)

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    The Dude, 25 Aug 2011 @ 8:18am

    Wait, what?

    Why does he want to sue in California? Is there something special about that state?

    Maybe this is a sign to California that they should look into their legal system.

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      Matt (profile), 25 Aug 2011 @ 11:49am

      Re: Wait, what?

      Publicity rights are well-litigated and statutory in California. Surprisingly to me, despite the fact that they must see hundreds every week, judges in California still get starstruck by celebrities, and give them great leeway in some matters. So a friendly forum with good law.

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