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The Buffer Zone
April 27, 1998
Once, Michael Buffer was just another empty tuxedo who introduced fighters. But the peripatetic Buffer—a self-made mannequin, er, man—has parlayed his impressive pipes and trademarked catchphrase "Let's get ready to rummmmmble" (hereafter LGRTR) into a lucrative franchise. As this legal scorecard shows, the Buff intends to rebuff all copycats. Let's get ready to litigate....
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April 27, 1998

The Buffer Zone

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Buffer vs. Aureus Records, Warlock Records, Clubhouse Records, 1997

THE BLOW-BY-BLOW
Buffer sues labels over sampling of LGRTR ("Now considered the clarion call to the pure integrity of the competitive spirit," in words of Michael's manager-brother, Bruce) on album by group Craziewhite Peckawood

THE DECISION
Judge, saying Peckawood engaged in "outright copying," issues restraining order against manufacture and distribution of the album

Buffer vs. Infinity Broadcasting, 1998

THE BLOW-BY-BLOW
Buffer demands Infinity radio station WFAN in New York stop playing unauthorized tape of an LGRTR; after Infinity sues to free LGRTR for universal use, Buffer countersues for trademark infringement

THE DECISION
Pending

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