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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -- Too Famous to Sue in L.A.?

10/4/2010 9:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the most beloved Lakers of all time -- and that's exactly why the Upper Deck trading card company believes they can't get a fair shot against him in a Los Angeles court.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar lawsuit.

It's all over a lawsuit Kareem filed last month -- in which he accused Upper Deck of using his image on a trading card without his permission.

Now, Upper Deck wants the case moved to San Diego .... arguing in new documents that because Kareem spent so many years playing for the Lake Show ... his "iconic status in Los Angeles will irrefutably prejudice [Upper Deck] and deny them a fair and unbiased trial."

So we gotta ask ... 

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durrr...    

yeah! sure!! move it right to 'mexico' (san diego)!!! then you sure as hell won't have a case!!! sounds like a great plan!

1396 days ago
2.

Physical Graffiti    

Oh, come on! He's a famous Laker alright, but THIS is what we all really know him for: "Listen kid, I've been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I'm out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes".

1396 days ago
3.

Back2TheFutureFan    

Can understand both sides' perspectives. Kareem was/is/will always be a California sports immortal. However, I believe that both sides should have filled out requisite contracts/paperwork (remember the old saying, "Get everything in writing"). Kareem or his agent/representative should have specified in the contract to decline using Kareem's name and image on the cards, and Upper Deck should have kept the contract stipulating this in its legal records department (there should be one for a major company like UD).

Do agree that celebrities are given tremendous leniency/latitude in most legal cases. Kareem seems like a classy person, so hopefully this case will be settled in a polite and professional fashion.

1396 days ago
4.

mesohungry    

this guy is just total ass off the court. He's lawsuit happy.
I still remember when he sued Karim Abdul-Jabbar because the football player's name "infringed" on his trademarked name or something. Upper Deck wanted to portray the legends of the game (him included) and he refused to allow it. They cir***vented it by issuing a card from his NCAA days. Shouldn't be anything wrong with that but Kareem wants money now so he's suing.

1396 days ago
5.

Throwback kid    

Was he married to former porn star Devin Deray?

1395 days ago
6.

Gerry    

He's a freeging MUSLIM....if he was a Buddhist or a Hindu he would let it go!
Celebrity Trash

1395 days ago
7.

beau     

A great classy well respected MAN!!!!!

1395 days ago
8.

dong    

Well Kareem was advised by Kobe to file it in Eagle County, Colorado, haha LOL

1395 days ago
9.

SoCalMike    

Fact is, Kareem is beloved THROUGHOUT THE U.S.!

Can they move it to Mars? If so, the martians probably love him too!

Not only was Kareem the top scorer in NBA history, but he's a versatile actor too. Kung-Fu fight with Bruce Lee AND the ****pit scene in Airplane!? There are some polished actors that couldn't pull both of those off!

WE LOVE YOU CAP!

1395 days ago
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ManiacalZebra    

Maybe that's the reason they did it without his permission. They figured they could argue that it would be unfair and they could get away with it.

1395 days ago
11.

Jim in Cali    

This is stupid. You think there isn't any Lakers fans in San Diego (which has no NBA team). The Lakers sometimes play a preseason in San Diego.

1395 days ago
12.

mmamike    

no one is or should be above the law ..unless your initials start with O.J. ... oh wait they finally got that idiot to .. there is a god afterall !!!

1395 days ago
13.

Robert    

Move the trail anywhere, UD should lose becuase they were once again sloppy.

They had the MLB license, then MLB Properties (logos and trademark usage) decided to give competitor Topps an exclusive MLBP license. UD still had a license from the players association and decided to continue producing MLB cards. They did a horrible job of airbrushing out logos/trademarks that MLBP sued them in court and won with UD having to quit making MLB cards.

I bet UD was sloppy with Kareem - thinking they could make a Kareem card to put in a bland basketball product (since they have no NBA license either) and didn't have him under contract.

With their most "valuable" license being a NCAA license (yawn) and UD a shell of what it once was in the trading card industry, I don't know if Kareem will be able to get much settlement from UD in the case.

1395 days ago
14.

Joe    

you have to ask yourself? Do you feel he would get a fair trial if they moved it to Boston

1395 days ago
15.

Anonymous    

Yes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is way too famous to be sued.

1395 days ago

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