District Judge Kim Wardlaw issued a preliminary injunction against Stewart and Lynda Resnick of Beverly Hills, their company, Roll International, and its division, the Franklin Mint. She said the injunction will remain in place until the case goes to trial or is settled. Woods, 21, sued the Pennsylvania company in June, claiming he never authorized the medals.
"Tiger has entered into very few endorsements with select companies, " Mark Lee, his attorney, said outside court. One side of the medal has a close-up of Woods and a second image of the golfer at the finish of his swing, with an inscription around the edge touting him as the youngest Masters champion ever. Franklin Mint attorney Arthur Seidel argued that the company is a communications "medium" and the medal is the same as a newspaper, thus it is protected by the First Amendment. Wardlaw disagreed, saying, I find the First Amendment in this case to be very weak.
The defendant's medal appears to be an attempt to capitalize on the plaintiff's fame. There is little if any protected speech. This is a commercial object, she said. The advertisements have long since ceased, he Seidel said.
The implication is they've accused us of commercial thievery. The effect on our client will be staggering. Seidel said the medal was issued as a limited edition, with orders taken from June 5-30. The attorney said the injunction only tarnishes the mint's reputation. There will be no more, he said.OVERALL CASE IS 2 5/8" WIDE by 3 5/8" TALL. YOU WILL RECIEVE THIS PLASTIC CASED STERLING SILVER 1997 MEDAL. RESEARCH THIS MEDAL AND GRAB IT BEFORE ITS GONE-SINCE TIGERS MASTERS WIN THIS YEAR ITS SO HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER. GREAT JOB TIGER -GREAT WIN. The item "1997 FRANKLIN MINT TIGER WOODS GOLF COMMEMORATIVE STERLING SILVER MEDAL RARE" is in sale since Saturday, May 4, 2019.
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