Some Present: Sabathia's Wife Sued Over Birthday Invite Flap

Exhibit "A" is Regis and Kelly Video

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    New York Yankee CC Sabathia and Amber Sabbathia arrive at CC Sabathia's 30th Birthday Party at the 40/40 Club on July 18, 2010 in New York City.

    Maybe she should have just sent out evites.

    Amber Sabathia, the wife of Yankees ace pitcher CC Sabathia, was hit with a federal copyright infringement lawsuit Tuesday that accuses her of ripping off the design for invitations to his celebrity-saturated summer birthday bash.

    The party drew A-listers Beyonce, Jay-Z, Cameron Diaz, Spike Lee and more than a dozen Yankees teammates, including Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

    It was held July 18th at Jay-Z's Manhattan 40/40 Club -- which is also named as a defendant in the case.

    At issue: design of the invites to the Cy Young award candidate's 30th birthday celebration. The suit contends that Amber Sabathia initially asked a firm called Alpine Creative Group, known for its lavish and creative designs, to do mockups for the pitcher's over-the-top bash. At some point Alpine says it was told Jay-Z's club would handle the invitations instead.

    But Alpine contends it found out it was the victim of a wild pitch when Regis Philbin later held up an invitation on "Live With Regis and Kelly."  

    The elaborate design purportedly was an "exact copy" of the one proposed by the firm.

    There was no immediate comment from CC Sabathia, a 20-game winner already in the season, whose team is playing pennant-chasing rival Tampa Bay this week. 

    One guest at the exotic party won't be called to testify in Newark, NJ federal court: a three foot-long alligator that sat in a tank in the center of the club all night is evidently not cooperating with the plaintiff's attorneys.