COURT DUSTS GARAN OVER METS ITEMS

NEW YORK--A state court judge has ordered Garan Inc. to stop selling in New York State merchandise using the likenesses of any members of the 1969 Miracle Mets.
Bud Harrelson, Art Shamsky, Tommy Agee and most of the other members of the 1969 World Series champion baseball team filed suit against Garan after the apparel manufacturer started selling shirts in the early Nineties adorned with a photograph of the team.
The players were upset that their likenesses were used without permission and filed suit under New York State Civil Rights laws in January 1994.
Garan argued that the shirts did not violate the players' civil rights because it commemorated the 1969 Mets team, not the individual players. Garan also said that the photograph used on the shirt was not sufficiently clear for anyone to recognize any of the individual members of the team.
But State Court Judge Martin Schoenfeld ruled that Garan "is attempting to cash in on the plaintiffs' skill and renown on the baseball diamond," and, without the players' authority, "that is something [Garan] simply may not do." --Fairchild News Service

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