Muhammad Ali Sues Clothing Co.
Oct. 18, 2000
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali sued a New York City-based clothing company Tuesday, claiming the business used his name and signature to market athletic clothing without his consent.
In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Ali claims he never endorsed a clothing line with Active Apparel Group Inc. The former boxer has a licensing deal with Michigan-based company, G.O.A.T. Inc., who is a co-plaintiff in the case.
The lawsuit is asking for more than $1 million in damages.
Ali claims the company used his name to sell active wear and athletic clothing without authorization or permission. Some of the merchandise was sold in Los Angeles County, according to the lawsuit.
Ali is asking for all gross profits made by the sale of the unauthorized merchandise, an accounting of the company and punitive damages.
He is also asking the court to enjoin Active Apparel from using his name and likeness without his authorization.