Don Omar Sues CBS, WLZL Over Cancelled Concert Appearance, Trademark Use
May 13, 2015 at 3:56 AM (PT)
Reggaeton performer DON OMAR has sued CBS RADIO and unnamed insurers, ad agencies, and event sponsors for trademark infringement over the use of his name and image to promote a concert held by Tropical WLZL (EL ZOL 107.9)/WASHINGTON last SUMMER.
OMAR (WILLIAM OMAR LANDRÓN RIVERA) filed suit in U.S. District Court for MARYLAND alleging that he negotiated a $100,000 fee plus transportation, hotel, and per diems with PD PETE MANRIQUEZ for performing at the concert, and the station increased play of his music while the deal was finalized, but that CBS cancelled his appearance and then stopped playing his music.
The suit asserts a registered trademark in the name "DON OMAR" and that the use of the name to promote the concert infringed on the mark and violated his right of privacy and/or publicity under MARYLAND law as well as a breach of contract count and one count of tortious refusal to play his music on the air. OMAR is seeking over $1 million in damages for each of the trademark, privacy, music, and breach of contract counts and at least $5 million in punitive damages. He is also seeking, in the alternative, at least $9 million for unjust enrichment for selling tickets using his name.