Samsung Corp has been sued by eighteen athletes over a Facebook application for allegedly misusing their names and images, AP reports. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday.
These include big names like Mark Spitz and Janet Evans, and diver Greg Louganis. “Plaintiffs’ names and images and background information are on the Facebook application, in an attempt to link plaintiffs to consumers,” the lawsuit says. “Prominently displayed on the Facebook application is the Samsung’s trademarked name as well as advertising for defendants’ ‘Galaxy’ product. Samsung has used plaintiffs’ names and images to create the impression that plaintiffs endorse Defendants’ products and business.”
These athletes object to the Samsung Olympic Genome Project, which shows Facebook users how they are connected to famous Olympians.
Along with Spitz, Evans and Louganis, 13 other swimmers, track star Jackie Joyner Kersee and pro beach volleyball player Phil Dalhausser are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
Among the other swimmers listed are Amanda Beard, Jessica Hardy, Dara Torres, Jason Lezak, Cullen Jones and Eric Shanteau, who, along with Evans, are competing to earn spots on the U.S. team for the London Olympics.