It’s been more than a year since former San Francisco 49ers
football great Joe Montana filed suit against a Burbank teen, and
Montana has apparently not let up.
In August 2001, Montana’s attorneys alleged in Santa Clara
Superior Court that Emil Lazarian damaged Montana’s reputation by
creating a Web site that had Montana’s name on it with links to
Lazarian, then 18, has said he was not aware of the upset his
purchase of an online domain name -- “www.joemontanafanclub. com” --
Since the lawsuit was filed, the case has been transferred to Los
Angeles and Montana’s attorneys have asked a judge to rule in their
favor because the allegations have not been contested. The suit asked
for more than $5 million in damages. And though Lazarian hired a
defense attorney, he asked to be excused from the case last month.
“I was only retained for the purpose of representing him in
getting the case transferred to Los Angeles,” said Jonathan Jackel,
Lazarian’s attorney. “I’m 400 miles from Los Angeles.”
Montana’s attorney, Robert L. Mezzetti II, could not be reached
for comment, nor could Lazarian.
The suit includes allegations of invasion of privacy, negligent
infliction of emotional distress, unjust enrichment and false
If Montana wins, Jackel does not think the former player will ever
see any money from it.
“Mr. Lazarian, as far as I know, is not of substantial means,” he
said. “As far as I know, he has nothing to lose.”
The case is due back in Los Angeles Superior Court on Feb. 7.