John Carlson and Charlie McAvoy in a courtroom
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NHL stars John Carlson and Charlie McAvoy involved in major lawsuit

Published April 20, 2024 at 7:34 PM

A lawsuit has been launched by John Carlson of the Washington Capitals and Charlie McAvoy of the Boston Bruins alleging a company used their likeness without consent.

Papers filed in a New York courtroom contain six complaints against the company IF Management by two defensemen in the NHL. Both John Carlson of the Washington Capitals, and Charlie McAvoy of the Boston Bruins alleging their likeness was used without an agreement in place. The paperwork asks for a jury trial.

"Both players are represented by Alexander Aigen for marketing. Aigen entered into an employment agreement with IF in October, 2022, but was terminated without cause in October, 2023.

Carlson and McAvoy allege IF continued to use their likenesses thereafter without permission."

The six complaints listed are serious, should Carlson and McAvoy be able to prove that it happened.

"Plaintiffs made six total claims against IF Management and Steven Herz, including Violation of NY Civ. Rights Law, Deceptive Trade Practices, Violation of the Lanham Act, and Misappropriation of Name or Likeness.

Both players will play in playoff games this weekend."

No trial date has yet been set, nor has IF management filed a rebuttal. No mention of monetary compensation is made in the papers. It's possible this could be settled out of court long before anyone gets the chance to appear before a judge.

Both Carlson and McAvoy are taking part in game ones of the first round tonight with Carlson's Capitals up against the New York Rangers, and McAvoy's Bruins taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs. McAvoy is loving the chance to meet with Maple Leafs in the post season once again.

"Here we go again. It's gonna be fun. It's always a good series when we play these guys. They're obviously an outstanding franchise and there's a lot of history between the two of us. It's always really exciting. This is what you play for."

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