Hope CBD companies are feeling lucky, punk. A multitude of firms specializing in CBD are being sued by famous tough guy and four time Academy Award-winner Clint Eastwood.
The alarmingly prolific90-year-old actor and director has named nearly 20 companies in lawsuits over their alleged illegitimate use of his name and celebrity to market their products.
The court documents accuse these companies of distributing articles with fake pro-CBD statements from Eastwood and of tagging their websites with his name to mislead consumers into thinking he endorsed their products, as reported by BBC News.
“Like many of his most famous characters, Mr Eastwood is not afraid to confront wrongdoing and hold accountable those that try to illegally profit off his name,” the lawsuit reads.
One fake article circulated by these companies titled “Big Pharma In Outrage Over Clint Eastwood’s CBD” claimed that the actor was retiring from his film career in order to dedicate himself to promoting a line of CBD products.
However, in lawsuits filed in federal court in California, Eastwood’s attorneys say that he never gave the interview. Not only that, but they claim that the actor “does not have and never has had” any association with CBD. They also point out that Eastwood routinely rejects licensing deals from consumer products.
Another suit was over an alleged internet scam where several companies tagged their websites with the name “Clint Eastwood,” making it look like the icon endorsed their products and causing people to find their sites when searching for his name.
In response, one of the companies named in the suit, Sera Labs, said it didn’t even know it was involved in the scam, and that it had “worked for a limited time with a publisher and gave them specific advertisements they could use which follow our very strict guidelines.” Sera Labs went on to say that it had “shut down the ads immediately after learning that they used Mr Eastwood’s name and likeness.”