CARLSBAD (CNS) - A Los Angeles judge heard arguments but did not immediately decide today whether a lawsuit filed by basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, alleging that a trading card company misused his image, should be transferred to San Diego County.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Zaven V. Sinanian took the case under submission and said he would have a decision soon.
The former Los Angeles Lakers center filed the lawsuit on Aug. 30 against The Upper Deck Inc., based in Carlsbad. He alleges the company used his image from his UCLA playing days on a trading card without his permission.
Upper Deck Chief Executive Officer Richard McWilliam also is named.
Attorneys for Upper Deck subsequently moved to transfer the case from Los Angeles County.
They said the card was made in San Diego County, the company is based there and that it would be more convenient for the witnesses to appear in a courtroom in that area.
They also maintain Abdul-Jabbar would have an advantage getting a favorable jury picked in Los Angeles.
"This is such a media- and celebrity-intensive county that I really feel from the get-go that we could not get a fair trial," Upper Deck attorney Brittany Hysni told the judge.
However, Sinanian, who asked several questions of lawyers on both sides, said he was skeptical of that argument.
"I assume Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is known throughout the United States," Sinanian said.
The Hall of Fame player's attorney, Todd S. Eagan, said the rules concerning whether a case should be filed are more liberal when corporations are sued as opposed to just individuals. He also said the card at issue in the case was distributed throughout the world, including Los Angeles County.
Cal Fire is at the scene of a wildfire burning off State Route 94 near Church Road in the Campo Indian Reservation.
A small plane crashed Saturday evening near the El Capitan Reservoir, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
Backers of an initiative that would allow San Diego State University to buy the SDCCU Stadium site in Mission Valley for campus expansion are scheduled to begin seeking petition signatures Saturday.
Friends and relatives of a couple whose bodies were found in Joshua Tree National Park say they believe the two got lost while hiking in the sprawling desert park and struggled in the searing heat with little food or water before they died in a "sympathetic murder-suicide."
Sunshine and higher temperatures are making the return to San Diego County Saturday after intermittent drizzle across the region on Friday.
President Donald Trump is portraying the Islamic State group's ouster from its Syrian stronghold as a milestone in the U.S. fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition and lasting peace in Syria.
The San Diego Police Department announced Saturday that officers will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations.
The San Diego Gulls allowed power-play and shorthanded goals in the first period and an empty-net goal in the third in a 4-2 loss to the Stockton Heat Friday night at Stockton.
Authorities asked the public Friday for help in identifying and tracking down a pair of thieves who have carried out a two-week series of bank robberies this month in the San Diego area.