Ricky Martin Battles Counterfeit T-Shirt Vendors, Grabs More Award Noms

Ricky Martin, 1, t-shirt counterfeiters, 0.

Martin has just won a court order in Ann Arbor, Michigan, barring the sale of counterfeit t-shirts bearing his image, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Hackett issued the order several hours before Martin's concert Monday night at the Palace in Detroit.

Attorneys for Martin and Winterland Concessions, the company who produces Martin's authorized t-shirts, sought the order.

Later this week, Martin is hoping to fight a battle on a somewhat larger scale: he has a tentative meeting scheduled with President Clinton to urge him to stop U.S. bombing tests on Puerto Rico's island of Vieques (see "Ricky Martin Urges President Clinton To Halt Bombing Practice").

In other Ricky Martin news, the singer may need to start clearing more shelf space in his awards cabinet. Martin, who took home two Moonmen at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards

and bagged four more victories at the Ritmo Latino Music Awards, has been nominated for two MTV Europe Awards and two VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards (see "Complete 1999 Video Music Awards Winners List" and "Ricky Martin Wins Latino Awards; Will Perform At Larry King Fundraiser").

The MTV Europe Awards will be held in Dublin, Ireland, on November 11 and will be rebroadcast in the U.S. soon afterwards, while the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards will be televised live on December 5 from the Armory in New York.

Finally, "The Ricky Martin Video Collection," already in stores on video, will be released on DVD on November 9. Included on the collection are English and Spanish versions of both "Livin' La Vida Loca" and "She's All I Ever Had" as well

as Martin's Grammy performance of "The Cup Of Life."

Martin performs at the Reunion Center in Dallas on Thursday night.