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DiMaggio Suit Thrown Out

June 29, 2000

MIAMI (AP) _ A federal judge Thursday tossed out a lawsuit by Joe DiMaggio’s estate against the city of San Francisco, saying she had no jurisdiction over the city’s use of the Yankee Clipper’s name on a playground.

``Unlike the game of baseball, personal jurisdiction in federal court is not a fielder’s choice,″ U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard wrote.

DiMaggio’s estate sued San Francisco on May 31 after the city named the Joe DiMaggio North Beach Playground. Lawyers for the estate argued that the use of DiMaggio’s name was unauthorized and that the site, where DiMaggio played sandlot baseball as a child with his brother Dom, wasn’t fit for the honor.

The lawsuit included charges of false endorsement and federal trademark dilution and also asked for unspecified damages.

Morris Engelberg, a trustee and attorney for DiMaggio’s estate who brought the suit, and his attorney, Jeffrey Herman, did not immediately return phone calls Thursday.

DiMaggio died last year at 84.

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