It’s become a hard-knock life for ElevenParis, a French fashion retailer with stores in the U.S. After selling t-shirts and other merchandise with these not-so-subtle designs:
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the kings and queens of rap and pop hustled together to bring 58(!) causes of action in a lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York this week.
Among other claims, the complaint alleges violations of rights of publicity, unfair competition, and trademark infringement and dilution. The claims stem from the artists’ undeniable fame and federal trademark rights in marks such as BEYONCE’, KANYE WEST, CLOTHING BY KANYE WEST, PHARRELL WILLIAMS and RIHANNA. And it doesn’t help the defendants’ case that all of the pop plaintiffs own their own clothing lines, with most using the artists’ names as part of the brands.
The suit does not mince words and alleges that “Defendants are habitual, willful intellectual property infringers that, without authorization, usurp the trademarks, copyrights and other rights of A-list celebrities and world-recognized brands and deceive consumers into purchasing such products at the consumers’ expense and for defendants’ profit.” The allegations accuse defendants of continuing to sell unauthorized products “[e]ven after receiving warnings from Plaintiffs to cease and desist from selling the infringing products and to further cease and desist from using Plaintiffs’ names, images, likenesses and/or trademarks (or any marks colorably similar thereto).” In addition, the plaintiffs claim that “Most egregiously, as of the date of the filing of this Complaint, Defendants’ ELEVENPARIS store located in New York City boldly offers for sale dozens of infringing merchandise including, but not limited to, the t-shirts and bags shown in the images above. The sale of this merchandise is in direct contravention of both a written agreement with at least one Plaintiff, as well as ongoing settlement discussions in which Defendants have represented and warranted that they are no longer selling infringing merchandise anywhere in the world.”
Sounds like the defendants are in for a fight from the divas who run this town.