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More on the Weddle v. Alka-Seltzer case

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We know that many of you have been waiting all day for further information about Chargers safety Eric Weddle’s lawsuit, which arises from allegations that Alka-Seltzer used an image without authorization from his college football career at Utah on its packaging.

Agent David Canter has given us some more information about the case.  Though we surmised that the photo was authorized by Utah and that Weddle would have signed away his rights when accepting a scholarship, Canter says otherwise.

“The image was photoshopped to take out all logos and intentionally darkened to make his shield cover his face but it was a photo readily used in all promo material and every time [Utah] discussed Eric,” Canter said.  “They also didn’t get permission from Utah.  A staffer pulled it off the Internet.”

Canter also took issue with our suggestion (made in jest) that Weddle was resorting to the legal system as a way to fund the lockout.

“The first paragraph of your story on Eric is a total misrepresentation of who and what Eric Weddle is,” Canter said.  “There are few clients I’ve ever come across in my 15 years in this business more fiscally responsible and more fiscally stable than Eric and to portray him in any other way is not only erroneous but unfair.  Eric is the most stable and incredible human beings I have ever come across and for a long time he debated taking any action because that’s not his nature.

“This case was pursued after many many months of discussions with our staff and General Counsel internally and has absolutely zero to do with a money grab nor the lockout.  Eric was wronged and thus is asserting his legal rights.”

Point taken.

Hopefully, that means I won’t be sued for adding to this story a photo of the Alka-Seltzer box with Weddle’s picture on it.

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22 Responses to “More on the Weddle v. Alka-Seltzer case”
  1. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 21, 2011 4:26 PM

    Personally, I think that you should be sued.

  2. vikesfansteve says: Apr 21, 2011 4:33 PM

    Soon as you sign a waiver to play college football there is a clause that you release the rights to your likeness. So your image can be used in commercials & promo’s etc. with the revenue going to the NCAA.
    Do you thing Doug Flutie gets cash everytime they show his Hail Mary against Miami. No Chance.

    So Weddle you should have your pic on Viagra Pills because you are a d i c k head. Or on Ex Lax because you are so full of s h i t. What a loser. Way to waste money you don’t have. Dumbassary.

  3. Slackmo says: Apr 21, 2011 4:33 PM

    I wasn’t able to sleep last night with all of the uncertainty surrounding this case.

  4. rpiotr01 says: Apr 21, 2011 4:42 PM

    “Eric is the most stable and incredible human beings I have ever come across…”

    I’m going to sue PFT for publishing this and making me throw up.

  5. Kave Krew says: Apr 21, 2011 4:50 PM

    Upon further inspection, i think that’s me on the box….

    I played for a team that wore all red…i wore #32…..i wore arm pads…..i ran like that…..i had a dark face shield….that’s the pix my school used for the program guides….

    They’re screwing Jer, they’re screwing me

    What’s the number of that lawyer again?

  6. mike83ri says: Apr 21, 2011 4:53 PM

    Holy crap. $1.50 more for a box with Eric Weddle on it. The real crime here is charging $5.29 for a box of Alka-Seltzer.

  7. deadeye says: Apr 21, 2011 4:58 PM

    It takes an “incredible human being” to take a stand against the corporate criminals at Alka-Seltzer by suing over a photoshopped picture of said “incredible human being”.

    Let’s here it for E.W. – hip hip horay!

  8. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Apr 21, 2011 5:05 PM

    Really how many people are going “I need some antacids….is that possibly Eric Weddle on the Alka-Seltzer box?! I MUST HAVE IT.”

  9. scoob766 says: Apr 21, 2011 5:11 PM

    That wasn’t Eric that was me!

  10. thewhitestguyhere says: Apr 21, 2011 5:17 PM

    Terrel Owens sued Summer’s Eve for the same thing

  11. chargerbar says: Apr 21, 2011 5:24 PM

    Did Bayer (Alka Seltzer’s parent company) pay any U.S. income taxes last year or this year? It’s hard to keep track – so many corporations are getting away without paying income taxes in these times.

    Bayer (based in Germany) has a dubious history. The company was a sponsor of Josef Mengele’s experiments at Auschwitz. In the 1950s, Bayer hired Fritz ter Meer (upon his release from prison), a Nazi war criminal convicted at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity, also at Auschwitz.

  12. fin72 says: Apr 21, 2011 5:41 PM

    Eric Weddle is such a household name that I’m sure every 80 year old lady that buys Alka Seltzer knows exactly who he is and thus decides to purchase the product. If I’m Weddle I estimate that the damages are somewhere in the hundreds of millions.

  13. thefiesty1 says: Apr 21, 2011 5:44 PM

    People are sue crazy! Don’t they know that only the lawyers are actually making anything out of these suits. And, it just ties up the court system and you can’t get the real criminals on the docket on a timely basis.

    Yes, he was probably wronged by Utah using his image to make money. — so get over it, you also got an education out of it. So use your “learning” and move on.

  14. hobartbaker says: Apr 21, 2011 6:38 PM

    I think it will just fizzle out.

  15. fighting69th says: Apr 21, 2011 7:29 PM

    haha ^

  16. richgannon says: Apr 21, 2011 8:07 PM

    (said in my best Randy Marsh impersonation)

    What….. i cant sue? i thought this was America….Im sorry isnt this America?

  17. hobartbaker says: Apr 21, 2011 9:03 PM

    I’m going to sue them for their theme. Before Alka-Seltzer, when I had an upset stomach and used the crapper the sounds were “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz”. Followed by me saying “Oh, what a relief it is!”.

  18. Canyonero says: Apr 21, 2011 10:10 PM

    Then there was the time Eric Weddle sued Vampire Weekend for using his picture on their album cover….

  19. txchief says: Apr 21, 2011 10:30 PM

    chargerbar says:
    Apr 21, 2011 5:24 PM
    Did Bayer (Alka Seltzer’s parent company) pay any U.S. income taxes last year or this year? It’s hard to keep track – so many corporations are getting away without paying income taxes in these times.

    Bayer (based in Germany) has a dubious history. The company was a sponsor of Josef Mengele’s experiments at Auschwitz. In the 1950s, Bayer hired Fritz ter Meer (upon his release from prison), a Nazi war criminal convicted at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity, also at Auschwitz.
    ————————————————–

    Chargerbar,

    Blaming the sons for the sins of the father and grandfather gets no one nowhere. There were plenty of persons in Germany and Europe in WW II who had no choice but to work for their masters. To forgive is devine. Your reply to this post is pretty harsh for this forum. Is PFT now going to condemn the brutal firebombing of German cities containing many innocents by Churchill and the allies? The Nazis certainly rpovided plenty of reason for retribution.

    Continually opening old wounds is not productive. Your assasisination of capitalistic, productive companies echoes the thoughts and totalitarian goals of Hitler and his ilk.

  20. CKL says: Apr 22, 2011 1:30 AM

    Canter is a doosh.
    That is all.

  21. lacharger2112 says: Apr 22, 2011 1:50 AM

    I was wondering what Taco Bill was up to.

  22. therealsmiley says: Apr 22, 2011 9:32 AM

    Txchief – You might want to read up on Bayer a little more before defending them.

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