Jesse Jackson Sues Speakers Bureau

     BOSTON (CN) – Jesse Jackson sued American Entertainment International due the AEI Speakers Bureau for false advertising and deceptive trade, claiming it advertises on its website that “We have no contracts with our speakers,” but it sued him, alleging he breached a contract with it to speak in Trinidad.

     The federal complaint identifies the plaintiff only as J.L. Jackson. It states: “Mr. Jackson is a public figure who engages in and derives some income from, inter alia, speaking at various functions or engagements.” And it adds: “Mr. Jackson is an individual residing in Chicago, Illinois whose principal place of business is at 930 East 50th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60615.” That address is the headquarters of Jackson’s Operation PUSH.
     Defendant AEI is incorporated in Delaware, and has it headquarters in Allston, Mass.
     According to the complaint: “During the period from at least September 2007 through the present, AEI represented and advertised on its website that ‘We have no contracts with our speakers.’
     “AEI’s representation that ‘We have no contracts with our speakers’ is false and
     untrue as AEI claims that it entered into a contract with Mr. Jackson, as a speaker, to speak at an engagement.
     “Specifically, on April 30, 2009, AEI filed a lawsuit against Mr. Jackson in the
     Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (the ‘AEI Illinois Complaint’) alleging that AEI ‘was hired by The United National Congress to provide speakers at an engagement on November 3, 2007 in Aranguez Savannah Trinidad’ (the “‘Trinidad Engagement’).
     “The AEI Illinois Complaint further alleges that AEI entered into a ‘valid written
     Contract’ with Mr. Jackson for Mr. Jackson to speak at the Trinidad Engagement and that Mr. Jackson breached this alleged contract.'”
     Jackson says that AEI’s claim about having no contracts with speakers is false and deceptive, and that the false claim injured him and is likely to injure others. And he claims that AEI knew the claim was false when it made it.
     He seeks treble damages. He is represented by Scott Harshbarger with Proskauer Rose.

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