"I thought the demand was greedy," Judge Milton Shadur said of Michael Jordan, who is seeking $5 million in damages for a one-page Dominick's ad that ran in a 2009 Sports Illustrated commemorative issue celebrating Jordan's induction into the Hall of Fame, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"Congratulations, Michael Jordan" the ad said in large lettering above the phrase, "You are a cut above." The ad included a $2-off coupon for a Rancher's Reserve steak from Dominick's.
Jordan's financial advisor was flipping through the issue at a doctor's office and happened to notice the ad. Since Dominick's does not sponsor Jordan and did not pay to use Jordan's name or likeness, valued around $5 million by his attorneys, Jordan went ahead with the lawsuit.
What do you think? Is MJ being greedy? He's only seeking the damages equal to what his name has (reportedly) been valued at, and he did say that, after legal fees, the damages would go to charity, but then again, $5 million is a lot of money.
Vote below and tell us: is Michael Jordan being greedy or fair?
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune