Woman claims Yankees ripped off logo

BY foxsports • April 19, 2011

A Yonkers, N.Y., woman is accusing the New York Yankees of a major-league rip-off, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

In a suit filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, Tanit Buday claims the Yankees copied their famed top hat logo from a design dreamed up by her late uncle in 1936 at the request of then-Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert.

Buday, 63, is seeking unspecified damages for copyright infringement, unjust enrichment and breach of contract with her uncle, Kenneth Timur.

She is also attempting to rewrite the history of the Yankees' signature emblem, long credited to the late sports artist Henry Alonzo "Lon" Keller.

Yankee spokeswoman Alice McGillion said "there's no proof" of Buday's claim.

"This is a wonderful country," said McGillion, "where anybody can sue for anything, even when the allegations are over 70 years old."

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