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Gossip Extra: Pitbull suing vodka rival over alleged use of name



Pitbull, the Miami singer, is going after New Amsterdam vodka for the company’s promotion of Pit Bull, the cocktail.

He says the cocktail has nothing to do with him, and hints that it is damaging his reputation as a pitchman.

The chart-topping singer of Timber just had Coral Gables copyrights and trademark attorney David Friedland sue the vodka company in federal court here.

The allegations include that vodka lovers would be confused by New Amsterdam’s campaign.

Pitbull endorses a brand of low-calorie vodka, Voli. He has been associated with the beverage since 2011, when ads that read “The Pitbull side of light” were published online and in magazines.

New Amsterdam’s ads read “The Pit Bull” and describe a cocktail made of vodka, lime, grapefruit juice and soda.

Friedland didn’t return calls for comment, but in the lawsuit, he claims the New Amsterdam ads were conceived to give reader the false impression of Pitbull’s endorsement.

The lawsuit alleges “irreparable” damages and asks the federal court to order New Amsterdam to stop using allusions to the singer.

New Amsterdam has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

Real estate report

Chad Carroll, the Miami Realtor co-starring in the upcoming Bravo reality show Million Dollar Listing Miami, is selling his personal condo high atop downtown Miami.

Records show the muscular Carroll has his 45th-floor apartment, at 1100 Biscayne Blvd., on the market for a cool million.

Obviously, Carroll’s looking to make a score: He bought the two-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot crib in September for $727,500.

“The market is hot right now, and I’m looking to upgrade,” Carroll said.

By the way, Chad’s telling us the new show, which also stars local luxury home peddlers Chris Leavitt and Samantha DiBianci, premieres at 9 p.m. June 25.

Party time

The big St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraiser in downtown Miami had a Latin flair, with several big Spanish-language stars dotting the black-tie-and-gown crowd.

Actress-turned-Playboy-model Sissi Fleitas, February’s cover girl in Mexico, turned heads in her skin-tight beaded number — especially former Radio Mambí boss and current Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado’s.

OK, don’t go starting anything now. They were just talking — and we couldn’t even catch the mayor starring at anything other than Sissi’s face.

Meanwhile, the gala at the JW Marriott Marquis, started 12 years ago by former MTV personality Daisy Fuentes, lured more than 600 supporters of the famed Memphis hospital. Among the notables: singers Willy Chirino and Jencarlos Canela; Univision morning talker Ana Maria Canseco; Primer Impacto co-host Pamela Silva Conde; and Telemundo host Raul Gonzalez.

Party, part 2

Disney actress Ashley Tisdale just celebrated her upcoming wedding in Miami Beach with a weekend-long bachelorette party attended by High School Musical co-star Vanessa Hudgens.

Tisdale, 28, the former child actress who also starred in Scary Movie 5 and sitcoms such as The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and her buds rocked seriously tiny bikinis aboard their rent-a-yacht Bess Times.

Tisdale even appeared in a wedding-style dress. She’s set to marry rock-and-roller Christopher French, the frontman of the band Annie Automatic, sometime in the next few weeks.

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