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Playboy Sues Lawyer Who Posed for Mag, Claims She Can’t Be ‘Lawyer of Love’


Playboy magazine has sued a Chicago divorce lawyer who posed nude for the magazine and once wrote its “Lawyer of Love” advice column, claiming she has no right to the column’s name.

Playboy claims lawyer Corri Fetman waived any rights to the “Lawyer of Love” phrase in her freelance agreement with magazine, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Law blog. Fetman sought to register “Lawyer of Love” as her trademark in August, nearly a year after her Playboy column was pulled. She also writes a blog called Love Lawyer for Tribune-affiliated ChicagoNow.

The suit, filed in federal court in Chicago, also claims Fetman still uses the “Lawyer of Love” moniker on her website, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Fetman claims in her own lawsuit against Playboy that she lost the column because she turned down sexual advances by digital executive Thomas Hagopian.

Fetman first made news when she posed in racy attire on a billboard promoting her divorce law firm. The billboard’s message read: “Life’s Short, Get a Divorce.”

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