NBA Star Giannis Antetokounmpo Settles $2 Million 'Greek Freak' Lawsuit
Giannis Antetokounmpo has reached a deal with an artist to drop the lawsuit the NBA star brought over alleged knock-off “Greek Freak” merchandise.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Antetokounmpo has hashed out a settlement with an artist named Jinder Bhogal.
Back in July, the NBA star had slapped Pennsylvania-based Bhogal with a federal lawsuit accusing him of infringing on his trademark for his nickname “Greek Freak." Antetokounmpo claimed the artist was selling merchandise on his website using his nickname. He said despite firing off cease and desists to the man, he continued to sell the rip-off merchandise.
The NBA star was not pleased and sued seeking $2 million per infringement and an injunction to prevent the man from continuing to sell the products.
Earlier this week, both parties had requested an extension of time “because the parties have agreed to a settlement in principle and are currently negotiating the terms of a settlement agreement and dismissal. An extension of time will thus aid in resolving this dispute without further litigation. Plaintiff has consented to this extension."
The extra time worked and the parties were able to resolve all their issues with the settlement.
However, Antetokounmpo is still not done battling for “Greek Freak” and has a separate lawsuit still pending.
In that case, the NBA star is suing a company called Viral Style who he claims is selling merchandise with "Greek Freak" on it.
He claims the company is violating his trademark by "designing, selling and distributing various products, including tees, hoodies and T-shirts, under the GREEK FREAK and GREEK FR34K marks brand mark and by using the GREEK FREAK and GREEK FR34K brand as the name of a clothing collection."
Antetokounmpo is suing for trademark infringement and a slew of other claims. He is seeking "enhanced discretionary damages, treble damages and/or statutory damages of up to $2,000,000.00 per counterfeit mark per type of goods sold."