CNN Sues 'iReporter' for Saying He Works for CNN

'Correspondent' hit with trademark suit
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2010 3:15 AM CDT
Updated Apr 15, 2010 6:08 AM CDT

(Newser) – CNN has boastfully added a horde of new unpaid citizen reporters to its ranks, but is now suing an "ireporter" for falsely claiming to work for CNN. Robert Paisola of Utah, who describes himself on a website as a "debt colllector abuse advocate and timeshare scam protector," according to Gawker, also claims on his blog site that he's a "senior iReporter for CNN in Atlanta, investigating stories from all around the globe."

Now CNN is suing Paisola, who has posted a CNN logo on his Twitter feed, for trademark infringement, breach of contract and unfair competition, reports the Hollywood Reporter. It wasn't immediately clear if Pisairo has ever posted a video on the CNN iReporter site. Bizarrely, Paisola was a bit of a news celebrity himself when he was interviewed by networks in 2007 after his sister was a passenger on a cruise ship that foundered in the Antarctic. Paisola could not immediately be reached for comment.

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