Miss Universe writer sues Czech builder of winners’ crowns
May 17, 2017 - miss universe
NEW YORK The writer of a Miss Universe manifestation on Tuesday sued a Czech organisation hired to make a winners’ iconic crowns, observant it kept touting a organisation with a manifestation even after it breached a 10-year sponsorship agreement.
IMG Universe, whose primogenitor organisation bought a manifestation from Donald Trump in 2015, pronounced it canceled Diamonds International Corp’s (DIC) agreement final Aug after financial problems caused a Prague-based organisation to skip dual compulsory payments.
DIC nonetheless kept promotion a ties to a pageant, including on a website where it displayed a heading atop a Miss Universe name, according to a lawsuit.
Miss Universe trademarks are “famous and distinctive,” and DIC’s use of them cheated a open and caused “substantial and lost harm” to a pageant, IMG pronounced in a complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
DIC did not immediately respond to requests for criticism after business hours in a Czech Republic. Lawyers for a plaintiff did not immediately respond to identical requests.
The lawsuit seeks triple indemnification for a purported heading infringement, $2.04 million of contractual payments, and vague indemnification for breaching a sponsorship agreement, that was to run from 2015 to 2024.
IMG Universe also produces a Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants.
Its parent, a talent group William Morris Endeavor, famous as WME/IMG, bought a Miss Universe Organization from Trump in Sep 2015 for an undisclosed price. The squeeze came a few days after Trump bought NBCUniversal’s 50 percent stake, giving him full ownership.
Miss Universe’s climax has undergone many changes in a pageant’s 65-year history.
According to a complaint, DIC pronounced a climax was “designed to mix a Czech roots of DIC with a pleasing skyline of New York City, home of a Miss Universe Organization and a pretension holders.”
(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Leslie Adler)