Mike Lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch

Jersey Shore cast member Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has a lawsuit against the clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. Back in August, Abercrombie & Fitch released a press release offering to pay the Jersey Shore cast members, and Mike specifically, to NOT wear their clothing line as they felt it was bad for their image. In the lawsuit, Mike claims that the publicity stunt by Abercrombie & Fitch back in August was used to sell clothes using his trademarked phrases.

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In the lawsuit, Mike “The Situation” claims:

Starting in August 2011, Defendant (the company) embarked on a grand, worldwide advertising campaign using Sorrentino’s name, image and likeness to create brand awareness for its products by falsely claiming that Defendant had offered money to Sorrentino if he would stop wearing Defendant’s goods

[Abercrombie & Fitch] has significantly profited off of the use of its false affiliation with Sorrentino, and it has wrongly used Sorrentino’s name, image and likeness for advertising purposes in violation of applicable law.

The lawsuit also claims Abercrombie & Fitch improperly used T-shirt designs featuring the phrases “The Fitchuation” and “GTL…You Know The Deal,” and claims that Abercrombie & Fitch “obviously intended to create a false association” with Mike “The Situation.”

That offer was never made to Sorrentino, nor was it ever conveyed to Sorrentino by a representative

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Season 4 Preview Trailer

Here’s a sneak peak at Jersey Shore Season 4 in Italy. Looks like there is some more drama between Snooki and Mike. Snooki and Mike? Anyways. Can’t wait for the season 4 to start, looks very promising. Snooki meets some nice cops, Mike and Ronnie get into a peaceful debate, and Mike becomes America’s ambassador to Italian ladies.

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Check out Mike “The Situation” trying to intimidate Ronnie:

Btw, Here’s a nice photo of the cast having a Tea Party, which is really opposite of what Season 4 preview shows:

Jersey Shore Cast Snooki, Mike The Situtation, DJ Pauly D, JWOWW Jenni

Financial Planning for Jersey Shore Cast

The Wall Street Journal puts out some great articles (from time to time). Below are excerpts from an article about giving financial planning to the cast members of Jersey Shore. Clearly, not a journalistic piece.  Why is someone at The Wall Street Journal writing about Jersey Shore? The only advice the cast needs is regarding Gyms, Tanning, and Laundry.  Here’s some of the “financial advice” given:

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Paully D – Young man, with your $50,000 a night DJ gigs, you’re actually the castmate I am least concerned about.   I’d recommend against a Roth IRA as you are likely making more today than you ever will again, pay the taxes later at a lower income rate.

Situation – I’m not going to sugarcoat this, Mike, here’s the situation:  As a 46-year-old man playing a 25-year-old on TV, your career prospects aren’t particularly bright.  Only one other actor has been able to pull this off, Luke Perry, who was cast as a high schooler on Beverly Hills 90210 at the age of 41.  But Luke wasn’t smart with his money, that’s why you see him wrestling with electric eels in original movies on the SciFi Channel at 3 in the morning.  I advise you to put your lottery winnings from being on the show into an irrevocable trust that pays you a stipend each month.  You’ll get access to the principle in the event of your 50th birthday or a life-threatening piercing accident, whichever happens first.

Snooki – While scientists have been unable to determine the median life expectancy of a Snooki, we should assume and plan for at least a few decades of longevity.  With that in mind, the key here is to avoid making any investments that actually require your time or attention or (gasp) expertise.  Snooki, this means no investment properties and no restaurants or bars.  Stick with a more passive investment approach, I’d recommend an 80/20 stock/bond mix held in an account that you’ll forget you have access to.  And by the way, Planet Earth called – it asked if you’d please put some underwear on.

J-Woww – As your financial adviser, I am chiefly concerned with your interest rate risk.  Meaning, our rate of interest in you is sure to decline from this point forward.  Please keep in mind that your surgical “alterations” are, in fact, depreciating assets.  That said, we won’t be able to write them off against short or long term capital gains.  My advice is to have Viacom set up a Health Savings Account (HSA) for you.  You’ll be contributing pre-tax dollars each year and can begin accumulating the warchest you’ll need for tattoo removal, lower back pain etc.  I’m happy to discuss this all with you privately, over drinks, so let me know what your schedule looks like.

Source: Josh Brown, The Wall Street Journal

Jersey Shore Cast Members to be Fired if they Walk

Sources connected with production tell TMZ, the network is serious this time: if another cast member tries to walk off the show … that person will be fired, and the remainder of his or her contract will be terminated. No exceptions.

We’re told it’s all a power play. With two cast members nearly jumping ship in the same week, MTV wants to reassert some authority … and show the cast who’s boss once and for all.