Friday, July 10, 2009
Flower Tucci Hits Reality Kings, Others With Cybersquatting Suit
Reality Kings and other defendants have been hit by a trademark infringement and cybersquatting lawsuit by adult performer Flower Tucci.
Filed three months ago, the suit targets a laundry list of companies and individuals, including studio Scorching Sands Inc., hosting company Net227 Inc., registrar NameCheap and studio LLL Advertising, as well as webmasters T. Kgels, Adam Nalepowski and Michael Puskarz.
The suit alleges that the defendants registered and operated a number of websites that use derivations of her stage name — FlowerTucci.com, FlowerTucciPix.com, FlowerTucciNude.com and Club-FlowerTucci.com, among others — and are exploiting them without her permission.
In many instances, the suit says, the sites lead back to FlowerTucci.com, which allegedly is owned by Reality Kings, known formally as RK Netmedia.
Tucci, whose real name is Carole Molloy, registered her stage name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2007 after working about five years in the adult industry. She has appeared in more than 400 adult videos and starred in the Showtime TV series “Family Business.”
She is represented by industry attorney Michael Fattorosi, who would not comment on the pending case filed at U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Tucci is asking for compensatory and punitive damages, attorneys fees and a restraining order, among other forms of relief.
Calls to Miami Beach-based Reality Kings went unreturned at post time.