LawCall - The Duke

John Wayne’s heirs are suing Duke University over the rights to use the actor’s iconic nickname to promote their line of alcoholic beverages.

The problem: the family wants to use the name to promote and sell products with the name Duke, while Duke U does not want anyone to think it is a sponsor of such things.

John Wayne Enterprises (JWE) says it’s ridiculous to think that anyone would believe that the university endorsed a bottle of booze with Wayne’s photo and signature on it.

What do you think?

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