Don’t expect to see Jermaine Dupri at Pure Atlanta anytime soon. He’s suing the popular nightclub and a party promoter for using his name without his permission.
JD filed a suit against Elite Entertaiment Group LLC, and one of its agents, Binyam Yayine, last Tuesday for the unauthorized use of his name and likeness to promote a party.
Elite had asked JD’s manager, Nick Leo, if the Grammy-winning producer would make an appearance at one Pure Atlanta’s Industry Thursdays events, “The All Black Affair,” on November 20, AllHipHop.com reports. The lawsuit states that Nick, who only had two days notice, declined the invite because Jermaine was going to be out of the country.
But that didn’t stop Binyam and other promoters from passing out flyers, making Internet postings and producing radio spots for the party, all pegging JD as the host!
Although the party went on as planned and promoted, JD attorney’s say that using his name was false advertising. Pure Atlanta and Binyam are also being accused of violating Georgia Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act and Georgia common law.
The lawsuit states that Jermaine wants a judgment rendered for “all profits received from their unauthorized us of Dupri’s name and image, including false designations of origin and false descriptions and representations of endorsement, approval and/or sponsorship by Dupri.”
JD also wants punitive damages for five perceived violations, but no dollar amount was reported. He’s also seeking an injunction to keep Elite, along with its employees and associates, from pulling this same trick again.
– Sonya Eskeridge
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