MTV Star’s Suit Over ‘Entourage’ Plot Is Bananas: HBO

Law360, New York (January 6, 2012, 1:39 PM EST) -- Home Box Office Inc. recently urged a New York court to toss reality television star John Devenanzio's lawsuit over what he alleges is an improper use of his nickname, Johnny Bananas, on the show "Entourage," saying nicknames are not protectable under state privacy law.

In a motion to dismiss dated Nov. 21, which is still being processed by the court, HBO and Time Warner Inc. argue that nicknames are not protectable as a matter of law and that HBO did not use the plaintiff's name in...
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