by Mike Masnick
Thu, Aug 25th 2011 3:00am
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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