A jury has ruled that the Frank Sinatra trademark was infringed by an
unauthorised tribute show featuring an impersonator.
The show, which played briefly in American gambling cities Atlantic City
in 2001 and Las Vegas in 2002, was called SINATRA: THE MAIN EVENT and was
billed as an unauthorised biography of the celebrated singer, who died in
But lawyers for the Sinatra family argued that the words "unauthorised"
were in such small print that the public would be confused. Sinatra had also
used Sinatra: The Main Event as the title of a television programme and of
audio and video
recordings during his life.
Mark Lee, lawyer for SINATRA ENTERPRISES at the trial, says the Los
Angeles federal court jury awarded "substantial" damages and issued a permanent
injunction against the presenters of the show, JEFFREY KUTASH and his company
Sinatra's daughter TINA says in a statement, "My father spent a lifetime
concerned with the quality and integrity of his professional life; it is
unfortunate that we must resort to the judicial system to stop people who
simply want to profit
from the use of his name."