DENVER (AP) - Real estate company Re/Max International has sued CBS, alleging an episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" portrayed a shady real estate agent who used a for-sale sign that looked like a Re/Max sign.
The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, says the fictional agent illegally opened a house for a couple who ransack a closet and have sex in the home. The agent is later suspected of robbery, pornography and homicide, according to the suit.
The agent used a real estate sign with red, white and blue bars similar to the Re/Max sign, and the sign is visible when an investigator says, "These slimes will do anything to sell a home," the suit says.
The episode aired Oct. 10. Re/Max, based in suburban Greenwood Village, says use of the sign by the unethical agent damaged the company's reputation.
CBS spokeswoman Nancy Carr had not seen the suit but said, "We are very comfortable that the claim does not have merit."
The suit also names Viacom, which owns CBS, and Alliance Atlantis Communications of Toronto. The Canadian company's alleged role is not explained in the suit.
The suit seeks unspecified damages, asks that the sign be removed from the episode and seeks assurances no similar design will be used in the future.