Clint Eastwood Settles Legal Dispute Over Chair (No, Not That Chair)

from the in-case-you-were-wondering dept

I really have no idea why various furniture companies have taken to naming their furniture after famous Hollywood actors, but it apparently has become “a thing.” In the past, we’ve written about lawsuits over Bogart couches and Brando couches. Back in April, Clint Eastwood jumped into the game with a lawsuit against Evofurniture for their line of ottomans and chairs named both “Clint” and “Eastwood.” While there were legitimate defenses to this (as the estate of Humphrey Bogart learned) it appears that the Evofurniture folks weren’t feeling particularly lucky… and agreed to settle.

Of course, Eastwood himself has been in the news of late for his interactions with a different sort of chair — which in a bizarre way may have suddenly made his case slightly more compelling, as you could legitimately (though, ridiculously) make an argument that the public might really associate an “Eastwood chair” with the actor himself, whereas before that seemed like a longshot. I’m still not sure why so many furniture makers are naming their products after famous actors, but I wonder how effective it really is — or if they’re really just hoping for a lawsuit for advertising purposes…

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Mike C. (profile) says:

Slightly more justified than Bogart though...

While the naming of the furniture was probably fine, part of the lawsuit also dealt with the marketing used by the furniture company and their references to movies Clint had been in. One example claimed in the suit was:

“When you’re invited into a person’s home, you get to see the good, the bad and the ugly. When visitors come to your home, the Clint 47” Entertainment Center makes your family room alone look like you live in a perfect world of a million dollar baby

I think the combination of the two (name + movie references) was the heart of the problem.

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