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A small Texas startup has sued 2010 American League MVP Josh Hamilton over a ''Play Hard, Pray Harder'' clothing line sold by the maker of Christian-inspired products, whose founder said Saturday is no longer in business with the slugger's family.
The federal lawsuit accuses North Carolina-based ScriptureArt -- which features Hamilton modeling a ''Play Hard, Pray Harder'' T-shirt on its website -- of marketing a slogan already claimed by Dallas-based Play Hard Pray Harder LLC. Corporate filings show the Texas company formed in January.
The lawsuit was filed in Dallas on Friday and seeks unspecified damages.
According to an October news release, Hamilton's wife, Katie, co-founded ScriptureArt in January 2011 ''with a mission to develop high quality products and designs that inspire others to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.''
Kelly Shiley, the registered owner of ScriptureArt, said Saturday she was unaware of the lawsuit and declined to comment on the dispute. She said the Hamiltons helped launched the company but were no longer involved.
According to the lawsuit, Play Hard Pray Harder began using the slogan as early as April. The company says it later filed trademark paperwork on the same day as ScriptureArt, but claims it was using the slogan first.
The Los Angeles Angels introduced Hamilton on Saturday as their newest outfielder after signing him to a $125 million, five-year contract. Hamilton became a free agent after five years as an All-Star with the Texas Rangers.
The 31-year-old Hamilton, who originally is from North Carolina, has a history of alcohol and substance abuse that derailed his career early before his return with the Rangers. He is candid about his past and credits his sobriety to his relationship with God.
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By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
How do you measure the impact of a major slugger on a lineup? Easy, ask a great pitcher.
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Just in case you’re just getting back from outer space, an African safari, or backpacking in Europe, the Angels signed free agency’s biggest prize for the second year in a row. In a stunner, Josh Hamilton leaves Texas for the arch-rival, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Orange County of California of … Continue reading »
The Los Angeles Angels signed outfielder Josh Hamilton on Saturday and will introduce him at a press conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET in Anaheim. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Hamilton's five-year, $125 million contract is official after he passed his physical exam. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reported that Hamilton's contract includes a no-trade clause...
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Surely all of you have heard the news of Josh Hamilton signing a lucrative five-year deal (worth approximately $125 million) with the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. It’s a move that is sending shock waves through the league.The Angels are making a strong push to make a run at the World Series while also tossing around money in a bid to compete with a their other free-spending...