Don Omar, CBS Radio Settle Suit
October 12, 2015 at 4:04 AM (PT)
Reggaeton performer DON OMAR's trademark case against CBS RADIO and unnamed insurers, ad agencies, and event sponsors over the use of his name and image to promote a concert held by Tropical WLZL (EL ZOL 107.9)/WASHINGTON in 2014 has been settled and the case dismissed.
OMAR (WILLIAM OMAR LANDRÓN RIVERA) filed suit in U.S. District Court for MARYLAND earlier this year 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 canceled his appearance and then stopped playing his music.
He asserted a registered trademark in the name "DON OMAR," claiming that the station's use of his name was a violation of his rights; he also asserted a breach of contract and tortious refusal to play his music on the air. He sought $1 million in damages for each of the trademark, privacy, music, and breach of contract counts and at least $5 million in punitive damages, or, in the alternative, at least $9 million for unjust enrichment for selling tickets using his name. But the one-page stipulation filed last week dismisses the case with prejudice and the parties are bearing their own attorney's fees and costs.