Lithuanian company fined USD 6.1 million for involving western actor in CBD advertising

A court in the US has ordered Lithuanian company Mediatonas to pay 6.1 million US dollars (5.25 million euros) for unauthorised use of the name of American actor Clint Eastwood in the marketing of cannabidiol (CBD), Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.
The web development firm, registered in a small village in Western Lithuania, now has to pay 6.1 million dollars in compensation to the 91-year-old star, the Los Angeles Federal Court ruled on Friday, October 1.
The court entered a default judgement after Mediatonas, which published fabricated articles, failed to respond to a court summons. Eastwood and Garrapata, the company that owns the rights to his likeness, were awarded 6.1 million US dollars based on the unauthorised use of the actor’s name, along with about 95,000 dollars in attorneys’ fees.
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«Mr Eastwood has no connection of any kind whatsoever to any CBD products,» according to the court documents.
The Lithuanian firm also has not responded to LRT’s request for comment. The company made 600,000 euros in profit in 2020 and is currently undergoing liquidation.
The article originally appeared on LRT English: