Michael Jordan brought his greatness to the court again this week. Only it wasn’t a basketball court that the former Chicago Bulls superstar and current owner of the Charlotte Bobcats made an appearance on, it was at the Dirksen U.S. Federal Courthouse downtown.
Jordan is involved in a legal battle with grocery store chain Dominck’s for an ad in 2009 that used his name without permission. The basketball superstar sued for $5 million in damages. Judge Milton Shadur called the amount was “greedy,” according to a Chicago Tribune report.
As a result, Judge Milton ordered Jordan to appear in court on Wednesday to hear an off-the-record settlement conference in a private room and the basketball Hall of Famer was allowed to enter the courthouse through an underground parking garage and then take a private elevator up to the judge’s 23rd floor courtroom.
After hearing the judge’s settlement offer, Jordan rejected in favor of going to trial. Judge Shadur said Michael Jordan was trying to make a “legal mountain” from a “legal molehill.”
Jordan also has a lawsuit pending with another local grocery store chain, Jewel-Osco, over another congratulatory ad to the superstar and he is currently appealing the ruling by another federal judge, Gary Feinerman, who ruled the ad was “non-commercial speech” which is protected by the First Amendment.
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