Michael Jordan awarded $8.9M for store’s use of his name

Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. Jordan is expected to take the stand in his case against a now-defunct grocery store chain that used his image without permission. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)

CHICAGO (AP) — A jury has ordered a defunct grocery store chain to pay Michael Jordan $8.9 million for using his name.

Jurors returned the verdict Friday night.

They had to calculate how much the now-defunct grocery chain Dominick’s should pay the former Chicago Bulls basketball player for invoking his name in an ad without permission. They sent one note to the judge, saying: “We need a calculator.”

In his closing argument, Jordan attorney Frederick Sperling appealed to city pride, saying about Jordan as he sat nearby: “He gave us six (NBA) championships.”

Jordan’s lawyer suggested the ad was worth $10 million.

Dominick’s attorney Steven Mandell said he’s as proud as anyone about the championships Jordan brought to Chicago. But he said jurors should award him no more than $126,000.

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