Stadium authority can't find unauthorized T-shirt vendor Lawsuit is stalled until papers served

October 17, 1991|By Mark Hyman

Last month, T-shirt entrepreneur Roy Becker had his picture in the newspaper and his real-life story told on the local news. But he's a lot harder to find now.

The Maryland Stadium Authority can attest to that. For the past three weeks, it has been searching for Becker without turning up a trace.

The stadium authority wants to find Becker so it can pursue a lawsuit against him and, it hopes, block him from selling his line of Camden Yards shirts. On Sept. 23, the stadium authority filed suit against Becker in U.S. District Court, alleging the shirts are a trademark infringement. The suit also alleges unfair competition, saying that Becker might be deceiving buyers into thinking they are paying for clothing authorized by the stadium authority.

But the court cannot decide whether to bar the selling of the shirts until Becker is formally notified of the action and is served with papers. Despite the stadium authority's best efforts, that hasn't happened yet.

After filing suit, the stadium authority hired a process server who tried to find Becker at his parents' home in Arnold and across the street from Memorial Stadium, where he often sold his stadium souvenirs. Becker did not show up in either place.

On Oct. 8, the stadium authority sent a letter to the home of Becker's parents, the only address it has for him. Apparently, he hasn't received it yet. The court allows 20 days for Becker to respond to the letter, according to Jefrey S. Weingrow, a lawyer for the stadium authority. If Becker hasn't responded then, the stadium authority will "upgrade" its efforts, said Weingrow, who declined to be more specific.

Meanwhile, the stadium authority is not certain whether Becker even is selling his T-shirts anymore.

"We can't be sure," Weingrow said. "But if he has stopped, I would hope he would let us know so we could work from there."

B6 Becker could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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