- Retired Chicago Bears Linebacker Brian Urlacher filed a lawsuit related to hair
- He alleges that a Florida-based hair restoration company used and profited from his name and likeness without permission
- Also alleges that Charles Medical Group used his name in source code to illegally drive traffic
- Urlacher, who was bald, debuted his new hair in January 2016
A Chicago football legend is seeking at least $200,000 in damages from a Florida hair restoration company by claiming they tried to claim credit for his successful treatment using his pictures.
Retired Chicago Bears Linebacker Brian Urlacher has alleged that Doctor Glenn Charles and his Boca Raton-based operation Charles Medical Group used his name and likeness without permission to 'steal and cash in on' his success.
Urlacher never sought treatment from them and used a hair restoration company called Restore by Katona in Oak Brook, Chicago , which he officially endorsed.
Retired Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has alleged that Doctor Glenn Charles and his Boca Raton-based operation Charles Medical Group used his name and likeness without permission to 'steal and cash in on' his success
In January 2016, he debuted a full mop of hair after having been bald for his football career. The new 'do was done with hair restoration company Restore by Katona in Oak Brook, a Chicago suburb. He formally endorsed the company
Urlacher played for the Chicago Bears for 13 years, retiring in 2013.
But he made headlines again when, in January 2016, he debuted a full mop of hair after having been bald for his football career.
After Urlacher's treatment in Chicago, Doctor GlennCharles wrote blog posts about hair restoration and allegedly used Urlacher and his pictures as an example of potential success.
In a January 2016 post, he wrote: 'The growing popularity of Follicular Unit Extraction, also known as FUE hair transplant, reached new heights recently when former All-Pro NFL Linebacker Brian Urlacher revealed how be came by his full head of hair.'
The suit includes one additional blog post as evidence against Charles.
After Urlacher's hair restoration, Charles wrote a blog post citing operation's success. Charles's website also allegedly used Urlacher's name in source code to 'falsely' drive traffic. Urlacher alleges that Charles used, benefited from his name and likeness without permission
Urlacher, in a suit filed in a Cook County Court, has alleged that this amounts to using his name and likeness without permission.
The suit also alleges that Charles Media Group embedded Urlacher's last name into its source code at least 12 times, in order to try to appear as the company that Urlacher had endorsed, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Recent searches found that all mention of Urlacher on Charles's website had been taken down.
Charles's lawyer said that the blog was 'purely informational' as opposed to advertorial and that Charles 'at no time took credit for the procedures.'
Urlacher's attorney said that the blog was on a 'commercial website' and had 'no claimed First Amendment or "fair use" protection.'
The suit further alleges that Charles's website promoted flight and hotel deals soliciting Chicago-area customers.
Neither Urlacher nor Charles Medical Group commented.
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