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Entertainment Comedian Chris Farley's family suing bike-maker Trek

03:31  06 june  2018
03:31  06 june  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Chris Farley ‘ s family is accusing a bicycle company of taking the late comedian ’s name and plastering it all over a popular line of mountain bikes , and now they want million. Make Him Smile, Inc. filed suit Monday against Trek Bicycle Corp alleging misappropriation

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 1990, file photo, comedian Chris Farley, a new cast member of NBC's © The Associated Press Chris Farley in 1990

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The family of late comedian and film star Chris Farley has filed a federal lawsuit against Trek Bicycle for naming its fat-tired bikes Farley, saying the Wisconsin-based bike company misappropriated Farley's name and traded on his "fat guy" brand of comedy.

Chris Farley was born and raised in Madison, about 30 miles from Waterloo, where Trek is based.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Tuesday that the lawsuit originated in California last year but a judge on Friday ordered that it be heard instead in federal court in Madison because that is closer to all of the parties involved.

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A company claiming to own the name and likeness of late comedian Chris Farley is suing Trek over its popular Farley fat bike .

comedian Chris Farley ' s intellectual property has filed a million lawsuit against Trek Bicycles in a California court, claiming that Trek 's Farley fat bike models It claims the Farley and Burke families socialized and attended the same country club. A Trek spokesman called the suit "groundless," and

Make Him Smile, a company founded and run by Farley's family to protect his publicity and property rights, said damages could exceed $10 million. Trek said any damages sought were purely speculative.

Trek has responded that much of the case rests on whether Farley was a resident of California at the time of his death, making his name and image subject to a California law that governs deceased celebrities' right of publicity. Trek's lawyers argue that Farley was a resident of Illinois when he died in 1997 in Chicago from a drug overdose.

Farley graduated from high school in Madison and Marquette University in Milwaukee before going on to star on Saturday Night Live and in several hit movies, including "Tommy Boy" and "Black Sheep."

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Did Trek Use Chris Farley ' s Name to Sell Fat Bikes ? A company claiming to own the name and likeness of late comedian Chris Farley is suing Trek over its popular Farley fat bike .

The corporation representing the property rights of the late comedian Chris Farley has sued Trek Bicycle Corp. for allegedly using the name “ Farley ” on its line of “fat bikes ” without getting permission.

He weighed about 400 pounds (180 kilograms), the lawsuit states, having "spent his entire career building, then capitalizing on, his unique brand of 'fat guy' humor and acting style."

The lawsuit alleges that Farley "carefully guarded and policed his brand," rejecting overtures from companies he felt did not warrant it, and even feared that losing weight would jeopardize his brand as a comedian.

The lawsuit alleges Trek chose the name Farley "to immediately associate defendant Trek's fat bikes with one of their favorite 'fat' and 'loud' comedians," and the company's executives knew what they were doing when they made the decision.

Related video: Chris Farley on 'SNL' (via The Big Lead)


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