Boxing great, Floyd Mayweather, has sued The Wine Bistro New
Orleans, a bar, restaurant and nightclub, accusing the bar of unfair
competition, violating his right of publicity and trademark infringement.
The Wine Bistro is accused of posting print advertisements
as well as a YouTube advertisement on its Facebook Page, claiming that Floyd
Mayweather would be the celebrity guest host of a Super Bowl kickoff party.
Mayweather, who did not appear at the event, claims that he never
agreed to appear at the Wine Bistro. It has been alleged in response that Mayweather
was "booked" through an unnamed third party booking company.
Mayweather sometimes accepts offers from nightclubs to
appear as a special guest or host. The fee for these appearances can be as much
as $100,000.00 or more. Mayweather alleges
that because he was not present, fans were disappointed, angry and likely blamed
him for failing to appear, thus damaging his reputation and overall brand.
"Other clubs will be less likely to book Mr. Mayweather as a
guest host or special guest out of fear he will not follow through on his
obligations, costing Mr. Mayweather in future appearance fees or reducing the
value of such fees," the complaint alleges.
"Fans will be less likely to attend future events as they
will be unsure whether Mr. Mayweather will in fact appear as advertised."
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