Trading Card Makers Spar Over NBA Star Durant's Autograph

Law360, New York (February 24, 2012, 5:07 PM EST) -- Sports trading card maker Panini America Inc. on Thursday hit rival Leaf Trading Cards LLC with a suit accusing it and its president Brian Gray of using Kevin Durant’s autograph in signature stickers that allegedly violate Panini’s exclusive license agreement with the NBA star.

In its complaint filed in Texas state court, Panini claims it has owned the exclusive rights to use the Oklahoma City Thunder star Durant’s name, along with his approved photographs, nicknames and signatures, since the star signed a licensing agreement with Panini...
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