FONDA SUES DOLCE & GABBANA: The “Easy Rider” has hit a bump in the road. Peter Fonda, the two-time Academy Award nominee who wrote, produced and acted in the iconic 1969 movie “Easy Rider,” as well as more than 100 other movies, has sued Dolce & Gabbana and Nordstrom for making and selling T-shirts with his name and image without his permission.
In a complaint filed Friday in the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles, there are nine examples of Ts provided as evidence containing graphics depicting Fonda in “Easy Rider,” mostly outfitted in motorcycle gear or riding the motorcycle scene in the movie. The shirts have been priced at as much as $295.
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As a result of the manufacture and sale of these Ts, Fonda alleges in the suit that he has “suffered injuries to his peace, happiness, feelings, goodwill, reputation, image, loss of fair market value of his services, and dilution of his current and future publicity value.” Fonda is seeking compensatory damages of at least $6 million, additional punitive damages, attorneys’ fees and for Nordstrom and Dolce & Gabbana to surrender any profits they generated from sales with the images and likenesses Fonda claims were used without his authorization.
On Monday, the Ts in question didn’t appear to be available on the Web sites of Dolce & Gabbana or Nordstrom, although a link to a crewneck shirt sold at Nordstrom with an image of Fonda in “Easy Rider” was still live. Nordstrom spokeswoman Tara Darrow said, “We’re aware of the lawsuit and are reaching out to our vendor to determine next steps.” A phone call to Dolce & Gabbana was not returned by press time.
Neither Nordstrom nor Dolce & Gabbana has responded to the lawsuit yet, according to Jeffrey Gersh, one of those attorneys. He said, “Hopefully, we will be able to sit down and talk about a resolution. Otherwise, we will have litigation.”