Joe Francis finds new lawyers, targets 'Girls Gone Mobile'

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Joe Francis finds new lawyers, targets 'Girls Gone Mobile'

Tue Jun 23, 2009 @ 02:43PM PST

By Eriq Gardner


Cs_top_phone_ggm Joe Francis obviously loves wild girls. Perhaps as much as he adores lawsuits.

We love bizarre legal filings too, so we were saddened by the news last January that the softcore porn mogul and his lawyer had separated from each other. 

That divorce offered its own entertainment—who fired whom—but without a lawyer, Francis couldn't file lawsuits like the one alleging a conspiracy between a U.S. district judge, the parents of underage women, and the judge's former law partners in a plot to entrap him in a $70 million legal heist in Panama City

Where to go for our legal kicks if not for ol' Joe?

No fear. Evidently, Francis has hired a new legal team at Keats McFarland & Wilson, and it hasn't taken long for Francis to put his new lawyers to work.

Francis' Mantra Films has filed a lawsuit against several mobile content businesses and wireless providers, including giants AT&T and Verizon, for allegedly distributing content under a "Girls Gone Mobile" banner that allegedly violates Mantra's trademark on "Girls Gone Wild." 

The complaint is sketchy on the details of the business arrangements, but we'll give it some points for including the NC-17-rated trademark applications as evidentiary exhibits.

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