Clint Eastwood to furniture sellers: Make my day

Gary Evans, April 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES — A complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by legendary actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood accuses two Internet companies of using his name without permission to sell furniture products, the Hollywood Reporter said.

The Oscar-winning actor and director has sued Web retailers Evofurniture and and its domain name owners, Alan Finkelstein and Casey Choron, for using his name to sell entertainment centers, ottomans and chairs.

The paper also said the companies used marketing statements such as "When you're invited to 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."

Other statements included using the "Clint 71" entertainment center when hosting "Dirty Harry marathons."

No claims for monetary damages were specified.

There was no response to a phone call made to the company's New Jersey phone number.

Celebrities suing furniture companies for unauthorized use of their names is nothing new. Both Eastwood and the estate of iconic actor Marlon Brando earlier filed a lawsuit against Canadian manufacturer Palliser for using their name, along with those of James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Charles Bronson and Sean Connery, to draw attention to entertainment furniture. More recently, the Brando organization and Ashley Furniture settled a lawsuit over the unauthorized use of the late actor's name.

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