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MLB reaches settlement in Donruss case

MLBMajor League Baseball Properties‘ suit against Donruss filed earlier this year concerning unauthorized use of MLB logos, trade dress and player likenesses has been settled out of court.

The agreement permanently prevents any company owned in part or full by former Donruss owner Ann Powell from creating any trading cards of MLB or MiLB players or producing any other product featuring those players.

Powell sold Donruss to The Panini Group in March.  The company’s Arlington, Texas, facility is now the home to Panini America, which is producing its new product lines as the exclusive manufacturer of NBA trading cards this fall as well as producing NFL trading cards.

According to a five-page document filed in a U.S. District Court, “Donruss and any of its subsidiaries or commonly owned entities and any entities or businesses that in the future may be owned in whole or substantially in part or directly controlled by Ann Powell (collectively, the ‘Donruss Entities’), are hereby permanently enjoined from manufacturing, selling, distributing advertising or promoting any items depicting Major League Baseball players or Minor League Baseball players in uniform, or with MLB marks, MLB team uniform trade dress Minor League Baseball marks or any component…”

The “Donruss Entities,” according to the documents, said that all merchandise and related materials named in the lawsuit has been sold or disposed of.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

2 Comments

Jeff N.

This is a non-story. Donruss is a shell company at this point, selling all assets including it’s name to Panini, with Donruss Inc keeping the liabilities. Since there are no assets, there’s no point for further litigation. I suspect Donruss’ sale had been planned for over a year.

Posted September 17, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

Jeff, I don’t think it’s a non-story. What it is is a non-settlement, settlement.

Posted September 18, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

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