Pro Angler Jason Quinn Sues Bernie Sanders Campaign About Video

Professional angler Jason Quinn of South Carolina is suing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his campaign over unauthorized use of a video image of Quinn in campaign materials.

Pro Angler Jason Quinn Sues Bernie Sanders Campaign About Video

Professional angler Jason Quinn of South Carolina. (Photo: FLW)

Professional angler Jason Quinn of South Carolina is suing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his campaign over unauthorized use of a video image of Quinn in campaign materials.

The lawsuit was filed Feb. 29 in York County civil court. It accuses Sanders, an independent U.S. Senator from Vermont, and his campaign of using Quinn's image without his permission in a video about how a border wall won't stop the movement of illegal drugs.

The video is still posted on Sanders' senate website. Titled "5 Reasons the Border Wall Won't Stop Drugs," it shows images supporting Sanders' claims to refute President Trump's efforts to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

At the 1:46 mark of the video it shows a speeding boat for about two seconds in a portion of the video discussing how drug smugglers use speed boats on the sea. The image is of a bass boat with Evan Williams Bourbon graphics. In the mid-2000s, starting at the 2004 Bassmaster Classic, Quinn was sponsored by the bourbon company while he competed on the Bassmaster Elite Series tour. He also competed on the FLW Tour and is currently competing on the FLW Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit.

According to the Rock Hill Herald, the lawsuit Quinn does not support Sanders, did not give permission to use the video, and has been harmed by the video’s portrayal of Quinn in reference to the trafficking of illegal drugs. It also says Sanders and the campaign invaded his privacy, defamed him and were grossly negligent and reckless in using the video. The video has had millions of hits on Facebook, You Tube and other sites, the lawsuit states.

“Defendants did not obtain consent or seek to receive Quinn’s permission to use his likeness or identity,” the lawsuit states. “Plaintiff brings this action in order to vindicate an egregious, intentional false association created by the video whereby defendants suggested plaintiff is in any way associated in criminal activities, and specifically, that he is in any way associated with the trafficking of illegal drugs.”

The Herald reported that Quinn has associated himself with conservative causes and Republican candidates, according to the lawsuit. It said Quinn wants to “vindicate the intentional false association created by defendants suggesting Quinn supports defendant Sanders, an association that directly conflicts with Quinn’s political and social values.”

The lawsuit asks for a temporary restraining order, then a permanent order, prohibiting Sanders and the campaign from using Quinn’s identity. The suit also asks for actual and punitive damages.

The lawsuit was filed by Rock Hill lawyers Zach Merritt of the law offices of Michael Brown Jr., and Eve Schafer Goodstein of the McGowan, Hood and Felder firm.


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