Monday, November 13, 2006

Great Moments in Litigation Update

From The Wall Street Journal Law Blog:

“This lawsuit is the equivalent of the Catholic Church suing Michelangelo for painting the Sistine Chapel.”

That’s the reaction of a University of Alabama alumnus to a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed by the school against Daniel Moore, an artist who has made a lucrative business out of painting great moments in Crimson Tide football history. His paintings sell for as much as $65,000. Here’s the story by the New York Times’s Adam Liptak, which ran on yesterday’s front page.

“I can see why, if you’re sitting in a roomful of lawyers, you might come to that conclusion,” said a former Alabama journalism professor. “But no one outside of that room would say: ‘Hey, that’s a good idea. Let’s sue Daniel Moore.’ ” (Moore’s not only the Leroy Neiman of Tuscaloosa; he is an Alabama alumnus and has also sent his three daughters there.)

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