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Buffett sues online store in a trademark dispute

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Jimmy Buffett performs in 2006.

Jimmy Buffett performs in 2006.

Alex Brandon, Associated Press

Jimmy Buffett has filed a lawsuit alleging that a Galveston, Texas, merchant is unlawfully using his trademark to sell goods at an online store.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, seeks to shut down Robert Akard's Web site. The lawsuit claims the Web site falsely represents itself as "Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Online Store for Merchandise."

A lawyer for Buffett said part of the problem is that some items on the Web site, which sells clothing and beach-themed novelties, are overpriced.

"Many of these products are ones (Akard is) not even authorized to sell, but primarily, the problem is that, in some cases, the markup on items is as high as 50 percent," lawyer Anthony Buzbee said. "Jimmy Buffett's not in business to make money, certainly not anymore, and he doesn't appreciate what this guy's been doing."