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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Filed Under: chair, clinte eastwood, publicity rights
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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Oct 2012 @ 5:39am

    Clint Eastwood would have more of a legal claim if it was called an "Obama Chair", since he was yelling at an invisible version of Obama, not himself.

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