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Clint Eastwood sues CBD sellers for falsely using his name and image to push their products

Clint Eastwood sues CBD sellers for falsely using his name and image to push their products

  •  The 90-year-old Academy Award-winning actor-turned-director 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
  •  ‘In truth, Mr Eastwood has no connection of any kind whatsoever to any CBD products and never gave such an interview,’ states the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday, which claims defamation
  • 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 as Sera Labs Inc, Greendios and For Our Vets LLC 

Clint Eastwood has filed two lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages from several CBD manufacturers and marketers, who falsely claimed he had endorsed their goods.

The 90-year-old Academy Award-winning actor-turned-director 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.

‘In truth, Mr Eastwood has no connection of any kind whatsoever to any CBD products and never gave such an interview,’ states the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday, which claims defamation. 

Taking legal action: Clint Eastwood has filed two lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages from several CBD manufacturers and marketers, who falsely claimed he had endorsed their goods (seen in 2018)

According to court documents: ‘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 as Sera Labs Inc, Greendios and For Our Vets LLC.

Suing: The 90-year-old Academy Award-winning actor-turned-director 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 (pictured in 2018)

Suing: The 90-year-old Academy Award-winning actor-turned-director 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 (pictured in 2018)

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 second lawsuit targets 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.

‘By using Mr Eastwood’s name in hidden metatags, defendants have figuratively posted a sign with Mr Eastwood’s trademark in front of their online store to attract customers and caused the consuming public to believe that Mr Eastwood is associated with and/or endorsed… defendants’ CBD products, when no such association actually exists,’ the court document points out.

Untrue: 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 (seen in 2020)

Untrue: 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 (seen in 2020)

The father-of-eight explained in both lawsuits that he would not allow his name or image to be used to sell CBD products.

‘Like many of his most famous characters, Mr Eastwood is not afraid to confront wrongdoing and hold accountable those that try to illegally profit off his name or likeness,’ the documents continued. 

Eastwood has asked the court to order the companies to give up all income, profits and benefits resulting from their conduct.

'In truth, Mr Eastwood has no connection of any kind whatsoever to any CBD products and never gave such an interview,' states the lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday, which claims defamation (seen in 2014)

‘In truth, Mr Eastwood has no connection of any kind whatsoever to any CBD products and never gave such an interview,’ states the lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday, which claims defamation (seen in 2014)

Eastwood is not alone as a target of fake celebrity endorsements, which have also deceptively used the likenesses of George Clooney, Oprah and Tom Hanks. 

‘My client is not one to sit idly by as the defendants use his good name to dupe customers into purchasing products with which he has no affiliation,’ Eastwood’s attorney Nolan Heimann told Deadline. 

He added: ‘While the purpose of these lawsuits is to halt and remedy ongoing defamation and misappropriation violations, they should also serve as a reminder to customers to be cautious when they see a too-good-to-be-true celebrity endorsement.’  

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