Thursday, May 19, 2011

Out-of-Control 'Situation' in Florida Court 'Confrontation'

LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 23:  Paul 'DJ Pauly D' Del...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeThe "reality" facing U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Judge Paul C. Huck is that he must preside over a trademark infringement case involving an awful "Situation" certain to lead to a horrible "Confrontation."

The case, MPS Entertainment, LLC v. Robert M. Fletcher & Frank Sorrentino (Case No. 1:11-cv-21765), was brought by 29-year-old Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino, a cast member of MTV's Jersey Shore reality series since 2009, against his dear old Dad, Frank "The Confrontation" Sorrentino, concerning, poppa's Website. As dutifully reported by E!News and NBC, among other media outlets, the plaintiff  alleges the defendants are exploiting his fame, appropriating his image and likeness on their Website without his permission, and engaging in unfair competition, all of which is disparaging his reputation, if such a thing is possible.

The elder Sorrentino's Website is rife with rants about his son's alleged financial abandonment of his family and contains profanity-laced tirades against junior. Sorrentino senior is threatening to write a tell-all book about his son's behavior entitled Confrontation with Situation (don't look for it in the Great Books series).

The case is more likely grist for the publicity mill than bound for the legal annals.  The staff of "TUOL" is withholding judgment until it hears from the spouse/mother, Mrs. Frank "The Mortified" Sorrentino.

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