Clint Eastwood pockets $ 6.1 million after fake CBD product trial

The 91-year-old actor and director filed two complaints in July 2020 against an article published by Mediatonas UAB, a Lithuanian company, using his name and image to sell products containing cannabidiol.

If he constantly chews a cigarillo in The good, the bad and the ugly , this is only a simple accessory. At 91, Clint Eastwood has a healthy mind in a healthy body. In 2014, for France Sunday, he confided in his irreproachable hygiene of life. “I enjoy a good glass of wine every now and then, but at this point in my life I never drink excessively, he explained. When I was younger, it must have happened to me once or twice. I always try to be reasonable. I never smoked, except when asked for a role. Other than that, I try to eat as healthily as possible. ”

She was surprised when in July 2020, Clint Eastwood discovered in an article his name and person used by the company Mediatonas UAB, based in Lithuania, for the promotion of CBD products. According to New York Times , the article contained a fake interview with a media supposed to resemble the American morning The Today Show. In particular, he put forward links to buy cannabidiol in various forms (oils, candies).

Clint Eastwood on the set of the movie The good, the bad and the ugly. Rue des Archives / Rue des Archives / DILTZ

Clint Eastwood then files two complaints in federal court in Los Angeles. The first targets manufacturers of products marketed under the names “Euphoric CBD”, “Sera Relief” and “Patriot Supreme”, highlighting allegations of defamation, trademark infringement, false advertising and violation of the right to publicity. As for the second, it attacks ten online retailers, accused of manipulating search results from the metadata of the merchant site. “Mr. Eastwood has no connection to CBD products and has never given such an interview, indicates the complaint. The defendants posted a poster of their brand on their online store with [lui] to attract consumers and make the public believe that[il] is associated with and / or approved the defendants’ CBD products“.

On October 1, the judge handed down a default judgment, as Mediatonas UAB did not respond to his summons in March. Clint Eastwood and Garrapata, the company that owns the rights to his appearance, have received $ 6 million in damages following the Lithuanian company’s unauthorized use of Eastwood’s name and image. Also paid approximately $ 95,000 in attorney fees. A permanent injunction also blocks the future use of the actor’s name and image.

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