One of the stars of MTV’s "Jersey Shore" has been sued because his nickname is allegedly causing trouble for a man who uses a similar moniker in his career, reports the Hartford Courant.
A Connecticut disc jockey who goes by DJ Paulie filed suit Thursday in federal court against "Jersey Shore’s" DJ Pauly D, claiming confusion over their names is ruining his reputation and has even led to death threats, according to the story.
The suit alleges trademark infringement, as Paul Lis says he has operated a DJ business for more than 30 years and has the name DJ Paulie properly registered and trademarked, the story notes.
"I don’t want to be associated with that [‘Jersey Shore’]–the drinking, the violence," said Lis. "I’ve prided myself in being G-rated. ‘Jersey Shore’ is hardly family entertainment. The show is hurting my business. It’s ruining my reputation. I’ve even had death threats."
DJ Pauly D is the stage name used by Paul DelVecchio Jr. of “Jersey Shore,” the story notes.
A spokeswoman for MTV declined to comment on the lawsuit.