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Inside Michael Jordan's secret courthouse visit

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09:32 AM ET 06.16 | A federal judge who labeled Michael Jordan's $5 million lawsuit against Dominick's food stores "greedy" ordered the former NBA star to appear in court this week for an off-the-record settlement conference in a locked courtroom. Jordan was allowed to avoid attention Wednesday by entering the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse through its underground parking garage and then taking a private elevator to U.S. District Judge Milton Shadur's 23rd-floor courtroom. Shadur, who has ruled that Dominick's is liable for a 2009 magazine advertisement that used Jordan's name without permission, wanted the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats to appear in person to hear the judge's views on what reasonable damages would be, according to court transcripts. He rejected a demand from Jordan's attorney that the president of the grocery chain also appear.

Chicago Tribune

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June 16, 2013  10:10 AM ET

What is 5 million to him?

June 16, 2013  10:15 AM ET

Protecting The Brand, Bro?

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June 16, 2013  12:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

not sure why MJ is 'greedy'as the chain used his name/likeness without permission

True, all these guys have in the end is there image, likeness, and name. Using those without permission is akin to theft of intellectual property.

June 16, 2013  12:46 PM ET

Jordan.....greedy?

Get out of here.

Never.

June 16, 2013  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

not sure why MJ is 'greedy'as the chain used his name/likeness without permission

5 million is a bit excessive, jgb.

June 16, 2013  03:58 PM ET

Guarding his net worth estimated at 650 million.

June 16, 2013  04:00 PM ET

I see an underlying message here from the judge... "No matter how big you think you are, there's always someone bigger."

June 17, 2013  08:55 AM ET

I think the judge just wanted an autograph and couldn't ask for one in open court. ;^D

 
June 17, 2013  11:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

What is 5 million to him?

that's what I thought

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