Zac Efron made a name for himself starring in Disney’s High School Musical series. He eventually honed his craft and acted in a variety of films. Now, it appears the actor and streaming giant, Netflix, have both found themselves in court over their reality series “Down To Earth.”
The 34-year-old actor and the streaming service are being sued by the health and wellness brand Down To Earth Organics, according to documents obtained by TMZ on Friday. The brand claimed that Efron’s similarly name series is confusing its customers, especially as he branches out into advertising health foods.
DTE also claimed in its lawsuit that it has already acquired the rights to use its name for media and entertainment, and that Efron’s show premiered after the rights were in place. In its filing, the wellness company claims that Netflix is trying to create a wellness brand inspired by its “Down To Earth” series.
DTE Organics also alleged that Netflix’s use of their name would harm their sales by confusing customers with the similar names. The Beach Bum actor has lately taken to promoting Nature Valley granola bars, but DTE say it sells its own bars, and Efron’s promotion could harm its sales.
DTE has asked to be paid damages from Efron and Netflix. It’s also seeking a prohibition on the two using its Down To Earth trademark. So far, neither the actor nor the streaming service have commented on the lawsuit. Stay tuned to Thirsty for further updates.
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