Actor Clint Eastwood Wins $6.1 Million CBD Lawsuit
Clint Eastwood has won a $6.1million lawsuit after suing a Lithuanian CBD seller for falsely using his name and image to push their products.
California judge R. Gary Klausner entered a default judgement against Mediatonas UAB after the Lithuanian CBD seller failed to respond to a summons in March.
Eastwood, 91, and Garrapata, the company which owns the rights to his likeness, was awarded $6million in damages, $95,000 to cover legal fees, and a permanent injunction against the future use of his name or image.
In July last year, he filed two lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages from several CBD manufacturers and marketers, who falsely claimed he had endorsed their goods.
The Academy Award-winning actor-turned-director filed an amended suit in February against Mediatonas UAB, the company which owns sites where fake interviews with Eastwood endorsing the CBD products were published.
The 91-year-old actor said in one of the lawsuits that multiple CBD companies used photos of him, fraudulent articles, and attributed quotes to him to promote and sell cannabidiol (CBD) products.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court in July 2020 says:
In truth, Mr Eastwood has no connection of any kind whatsoever to any CBD products and never gave such an interview. Mr Eastwood seeks to hold accountable the persons and entities that wrongfully crafted this scheme, spread false and malicious statements of facts about him, and illegally profited off of his name and likeness.
The suit detailed that some of the phony news articles about Eastwood alleged he was quitting the movie business to focus on a CBD business, which is non-existent, according to the New York Times.
The three CBD companies accused of coming up with the phony articles, which first surfaced last year, were named
Sera Labs Inc, Greendios, and For Our Vets LLC.
The lawsuit also claims that three companies sent spam emails with the subject line: ‘Clint Eastwood Exposes Shocking Secret Today.’
The body of the emails also included a fictitious interview supposedly with NBC’s Today show, which never took place. The email included a picture of Eastwood from an actual appearance on the show and links to buy the company’s CBD products.
The second lawsuit targeted ten companies and individuals throughout the United States that are accused of using a programming code to insert his name in hidden metatags, to direct online searches to their webpage.
Eastwood asked the court to order the companies to give up all income, profits, and benefits resulting from their conduct.
He is not alone as a target of fake celebrity endorsements, which have also deceptively used the likenesses of George Clooney, Oprah, and Tom Hanks as reported by Daily Mail.