MJ and Chicago Grocer in Settlement Talks
On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, an Illinois federal judge told Michael Jordan and Jewel Food Stores, Inc. that both sides will benefit from settling their right of publicity suit.
The lawsuit arose out of an advertisement placed in Sports Illustrated. The advertisement featured text congratulating Jordan on his introduction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, a pair of basketball shoes portraying Jordan’s Number 23, and Jewel’s own logo. Jordan brought suit against Jewel alleging that Jewel used his likeness without permission in the advertisement.
U.S. District Judge Gary S. Feinerman suggested at a hearing Wednesday that the parties settle, and offered to appoint a magistrate judge to assist in the settlement process. Fred Sperling, Jordan’s attorney, indicated that the two parties are currently in settlement talks, but also specified that they he wants to keep the December trial date.