LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Nikki Sixx has won a legal battle against Vans shoes, encouraging other performers to 'stand up to those who would exploit them without rights'.
Sixx has filed three charges against the shoemaker and lifestyle company for misappropriation of his right of publicity and false endorsement, stemming from a promotional campaign, which used Sixx image and artwork similar to a Motley Crue album cover without his permission.
The case was heard in Los Angeles Superior Court Central District, Feb. 10, with the jury finding in favor of Sixx. With attorney's fees, expert witness costs and other expenses, the total award is expected to reach $1 million.
"I'm happy, not so much for myself, but for all artists who are unfairly taken advantage of by major corporations," Sixx said in a statement.
"I hope this encourages other performers to stand up to those who would exploit them without securing the necessary rights."
The rocker heads out on tour with reformed rockers Motley Crue later this month to begin a series of US and International dates.
–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers