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WWE loses court battle over sale of bootleg merchandise

The Hollywood Reporter has a new article about WWE losing a lawsuit earlier this week that would have prevented people from bootleg selling their trademarked items during Wrestlemania 30 weekend this weekend in New Orleans. WWE was looking to seize items from bootleggers in New Orleans this weekend, something they were able to do last year in New Jersey during Wrestlemania 29 weekend. 

Yesterday, US District Judge Helen Berrigan issued the following reasoning behind denying WWE's request to control sales of its merchandise within a five-mile radius of the Superdome in New Orleans:

"The problem with Plaintiff's request is apparent once one recalls that the order it requests is not directed against a single named, identified, or even described person—all the defendants are John Does, and Plaintiff provides no particular information about the identity of any of them. At best, Plaintiff defines Defendants almost tautologically: Defendants are anyone who would be a proper defendant within broad geographic and temporal limits. Does due process allow the Court to deputize a plaintiff to determine which goods are seizable, all while cloaking Plaintiff in the protection of a judicial order?"

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