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Larry Bird sues over use of his name

Basketball living legend Larry Bird is suing the owners of his former home in French Lick for allegedly using his name to promote their bed-and-breakfast.

The complaint filed in Federal Court claims Geogianna Lincoln and Christopher Cooke don't have permission to use the NBA Hall of Famer's name and are profiting off his trademark by stating the home belonged to him.

Cooke, an attorney in Alaska, says negotiations over the purchase of the home resulted in oral permission to use Bird's name.

He says everybody in French Lick calls it Larry Bird's home anyway.

The web site for the 12-acre resort called the "Legend of French Lick" advertises the property as Bird's former home and invites visitors to play basketball on the court where he "spent hours practicing and perfecting his shot."

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