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ETW CORP. v. JIREH PUBL'G, INC., 00-3584

The presence of Tiger Woods's image on art prints did not amount to a valid Lanham Act false endorsement claim, and did not violate the right of publicity under Ohio law. Licensing agent's claim of trademark rights in all images and likenesses of Tiger Woods is not actionable.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/20/2003
  • Published 06/20/2003


  • Before SILER and CLAY, Circuit Judges;  GRAHAM, District Judge.


  • United States Sixth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Thomas G. Kovach (briefed), Thomas S. Babel, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, Cleveland, OH, Terence J. Clark (argued and briefed), Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, Los Angeles, CA, for Plaintiff-Appellant., Lynda M. Braun (briefed), Bruce S. Meyer (briefed), Weil, Gotshal & Manges, New York, NY, for Amicus Curiae., Russell S. Jones, Jr. (briefed), Shughart, Thomson & Kilroy, Kansas City, MO, for Amicus Curiae., Joseph A. Kohanski (briefed), Geffner & Bush, Burbank, CA, for Amicus Curiae., Mark S. Lee, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, Los Angeles, CA, for Amicus Curiae., Diane L. Zimmerman (briefed), New York University Law School, New York, NY, for Amicus Curiae., Adam B. Liptak (briefed), New York Times Company Legal Department, New York, NY, for Amicus Curiae., James E. Hough (briefed), Morrison & Foerster, New York, NY, for Amicus Curiae., Lucy A. Dalglish (briefed), The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Arlington, VA, for Amicus Curiae., J. Michael Murray (argued and briefed), Lorraine R. Baumgardner (briefed), Berkman, Gordon, Murray & DeVan, Cleveland, OH, for Amicus Curiae.

  • For Appellees:
  • Dennis J. Niermann (argued and briefed), Dennis J. Niermann Co., Cleveland, OH, for Defendant-Appellee.
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