Joe Ligotti, who's made a career out of being a cigar-chomping loudmouth, is suing WMEX over the way he says he was secretly fired last year.
WMEX hired the Guy from Boston away from a weekend slot on WTKK last June, had him do the station's morning drive show, then ditched him a little more than a month later.
In a lawsuit filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Ligotti says WMEX gave him a three-year contract with an annual salary of $70,000 plus a cut of advertising revnue. But he charges the station's owners really only wanted his name to boost ratings for a bit as they tried to sell the station.
He alleges that after taking him off the air, the station made up stories about him being out for unspecified medical reasons or vacation and kept using his name and likeness to promote its morning show in an attempt to keep its ratings up. He charges station owners made up stories that he "engaged in sexual harassment."
These wrongful acts have proximately caused irreparable injury to Ligotti, including dilution of goodwill, confusion to the public, injury to Ligotti’s reputation and diminution in the value of THE GUY FROM BOSTON mark.
And if that weren't enough, WMEX still hasn't paid him all the salary, sick and bonus time and commissions it owes him, he charges.
Ligotti is seeking a full three years' worth of salary, sick and vacation time for the second and third years of his contract, commissions on ads that came in because of him, royalties based on the use of his likeness, "compensatory and multiple damages" and lawyers' fees. He also asks a judge to order WMEX to "correct any and all false statements issued against Ligotti or his trademark THE GUY FROM BOSTON."