The Jersey Shore may no longer be airing on MTV but the legal drama hasn't ended. You may recall that cast member Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and retailer Abercrombie & Fitch have a bit of history. During the summer of 2011, after noticing that Sorrentino was wearing his fair share of A&F apparel on the TV show, A&F reportedly stated a “deep concern” over the association between Mr. Sorrentino and the brand and offered up a “substantial payment” to Sorrentino “to wear an alternate brand.” Shortly hereafter, A&F came out with a line of T-shirts incorporating some of the Situation's go-to lines sayings including, "The Fitchuation" and "GTL," which prompted Sorrentino to file a $4 million+ lawsuit against the retailer in Florida, claiming that Abercrombie infringed on his trademarks with their T-shirts.
Well, a Florida federal judge has ruled on the case, holding that the retailer's “The Fitchuation” T-shirt was a parody, and that consumers would not believe that Sorrentino was the source of the t-shirts. On Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge John J. O'Sullivan held that Sorrentino could not proceed to trial on trademark infringement, publicity rights and false advertising claims related to the T-shirt. Case closed.