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Sports Agent Claims American Greetings Stole Idea

March 25, 1994

CHICAGO (AP) _ A sports agent filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming that American Greetings Corp. stole his idea for greeting cards with National Football League team logos.

Stephen W. Zucker and his law partners, Steven T. Mandell and Eldon L. Ham, said they brought the idea to American Greetings in August 1992, only to have the company obtain its own league approvals and market the cards.

American Greetings, based in Cleveland, denied the allegation.

″We don’t think any of their claims have any merit,″ spokesman John A. Hernandis said.

He said American Greetings began marketing cards with NFL team logo and images of NFL players in December 1993 after legally obtaining licenses.

Zucker represents Cleveland Indians player Kenny Lofton, former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Jim McMahon, and Chicago Bears players Alonzo Spellman and Donnell Woolford.

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