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Jan 17, 2011 5:04 PM
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Case closed for Taylor Swift

A Nashville judge has put paid to chanteuse Taylor Swift's litigation against sellers of allegedly counterfeit t-shirts and the like, closing the case after Swift's lawyers identified 25 vendors as defendants and gained permission to destroy items seized from them that used the star's name or likeness without her permission. Senior U.S. District Judge Tom Wiseman dismissed the case on Friday at the behest of Swift's attorneys, Mike Milom, David Crow and Natalya Rose of Milom Joyce Horsnell Crow in Nashville. Previous filings in the case stated that Swift's "merchandise enforcement team" had discovered these sellers after investigating goings-on around her concerts in South Carolina, Georgia and elsewhere. Those named as defendants were:
  • Mervin A. Brown, Columbia, S.C.
  • Burrell Dickerson, no address given
  • Robert Vincent Estronza, Clarkston, Ga.
  • Edward Friedman, no address given
  • Vance Hill, Lithonia, Ga.
  • Kilo James, no address given
  • Kenneth Johnson, no address given
  • Andre Anthony Jones, Columbia, S.C.
  • Melissa Lieberman, no address given
  • Eric Lopp, Jamaica, N.Y.
  • Malcolm Matthews, no address given
  • Renee Susan Mitchell, no address given
  • Louis Moore, no address given
  • Frank Parsons, Columbia, S.C.
  • Wilbert G. Prince, Columbia, S.C.
  • Martin D. Quattlebaum, Jonesboro, Ga.
  • Braulio Riviera, no address given
  • Brendan Schiff, Pasadena, Calif.
  • Carlo Ponti Smith, Elgin, S.C.
  • Vernando Smith, Stone Mountain, Ga.
  • Tyrone "Piggy" Squires, no address given
  • Marsha Dyonne Tyler, no address given
  • Taief Hasson Wallace, no address given
  • Jeffrey L. Watkins, Lexington, S.C.
  • Dennis Lance Weaver, Columbia, S.C.
None of the defendants contested the civil charges against them in Nashville's U.S. District Court. Two names on the list have been in the news before. Schiff and Lieberman pleaded guilty in 2006 to charges of trademark counterfeiting, a felony under Hawaii law. They had been arrested while selling items at the National Football League's 2005 Pro Bowl in Honolulu. Each was fined $2,000 and placed on five years' probation. State of Hawaii judicial records indicate that both Schiff and Lieberman were granted early termination of probation in 2009.
Oct 27, 2010 8:01 AM