Jillian Marsteller, who has been featured in a number of major films including The Wolf of Wall Street, won’t be filing trademark lawsuits against her fellow movie stars after she was threatened with legal action over her use of the trademark “Jillian Michaels”.
Speaking to the New York Post, Marstellers lawyer, Michael Gendreau, said he did not expect that any trademark lawsuits would be filed against her.
“The trademark is a legal trademark, it doesn’t infringe on other people’s intellectual property,” Mr Genderson told the newspaper.
“She’s the star of a movie and she owns it and she’s using it.”
The actress and her co-star, Matt Damon, also have been sued by former wrestler and WWE wrestler Shane McMahon over their use of her likeness in their recent hit comedy, WWE Smackdown.
The case was brought by former wrestling partner Shawn Michaels, who is also suing Ms Marsteler for trademark infringement.
Ms Marstela said her trademark was “protected by the United States Copyright Act and other laws” and “not the mark of a corporation”.
“The mark is not owned by me, it is not the mark that I used to sign on to the movie, it’s not the trademark that I use to sign my name,” she said.
“I’m not using it to sue the movie.
I’m using it for the movie.”
Ms Marsteller has previously said that she did not want to have to defend her trademark rights because she did “not think it was worth it”.
“If it were a big, bad corporation, that would be the end of it, but it’s a little company, and I don.
It’s just a mark,” she told The Associated Press in an interview last year.”
So it’s the mark, it should be respected and it’s got no value, but I don, so it’s fine.”
Ms Michaels and her wife, actress Jennifer Lopez, were named in a lawsuit last month by wrestler and former WWE star Ric Flair.
The suit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, accuses Ms Flair of trademark infringement for using the “Jillian Michaels” mark, which Mr Flair is accused of trademarking.
Ms Michaels’ attorney said in a statement to the Associated Press on Tuesday that the trademark dispute was about “a trademark dispute, not an infringement”.
“There is no dispute that Ms Michaels has never claimed to be the trademark owner for the mark,” Mr Marstellen said.
“The mark itself has no bearing on the validity of the claim.”