The Philadelphia Phillies have recently filed a federal lawsuit regarding their mascot, the Phillie Phanatic. Owners of a design firm that is well known to the puppeteer industry are claiming that they are owed a large sum of money in order for the Phillies to be able to use their costume design.
Josh Gerben was quoted by FanBuzz discussing the details of the lawsuit:
The firm that designed the Philadelphia Phanatic costume has demanded the Phillies pay millions of dollars to continue using the costume.
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— Josh Gerben (@JoshGerben) August 2, 2019
Source: “Phillies Sue to Block Phanatic Mascot From Becoming a ‘Free Agent’” (with contributions by Associated Press). Fanbuzz.com. August 5 2019