Celebs sue: Rihanna, Kanye and Beyonce are heading to court
Hell hath no fury like a bunch of trendy celebrities scorned. While Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna and Pharrell Williams are busy filing a joint lawsuit against ElevenParis, Stella McCartney has taken rival Steve Madden to court too.
T-shirts Cause Harm
The creative claws are out as a host of singing stars have teamed up to file legal documents about French label ElevenParis for allegedly using their names and photographs on its T-shirts without asking their permission. The company has been slapped with over 50 complaints from the A-listers claiming its actions “have caused and are causing immediate irreparable harm” to the celebrities, all of whom have their own collections or fashion collaborations.
Heed Kanye’s Warning
The brand, which is popular with Kendall Jenner, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez, has been told to cease manufacturing the concerned products as well as covering the profits and legal fees. According to a French tabloid magazine, the lawsuit claims: “Defendants (ElevenParis) have willfully traded upon the goodwill and notoriety of Plaintiffs, arguably some of the most famous musical artists and entrepreneurs in the world. Even after receiving warnings from Plaintiffs to cease and desist from selling the infringing products, defendants continue to sell (the) unauthorised goods.” ElevenParis has since released a statement claiming it’s in negotiations with the stars to settle the complaint.
The statement read: “ElevenParis is determined to find a fair and balanced agreement with them and their advisers.”
Stella Sues Steve!
Another fashion-based court battle is stirring between Stella McCartney and Steve Madden with the latter being sued for copyright. The 44-year-old fashion designer has filed a lawsuit against the founder of the footwear company for allegedly knocking off one of her most “well-known and enormously popular” handbag styles.
Poorly-Made Copy Cat
The British fashionista has claimed via court papers that Madden’s “poorly-made” BTotally bag looks “virtually identical” to her popular Falabella tote and will likely “cause economic harm to consumers, given its shoddy quality.” According to the 22-page document, obtained by WWD.com, McCartney has cited the charges against Madden as “trade dress infringement, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, trade dress dilution, and design patent infringement” and has asked for it to be discontinued.
Customers are Confused
McCartney’s handbag, which features a woven chain trim and matching handle, is popular with the likes of Kim Kardashian West and will set customers back between $815 (Dhs2,993) and $2000 (Dhs7,345), whereas Steve’s dupe comes in at $108 (Dhs396). Stella believes Madden’s similar tote, also created from man-made materials, “is likely to confuse consumers into believing Steve Madden’s product is Stella McCartney’s.” Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time the designer and his company has been slapped with a lawsuit as six years ago, Balenciaga sued the footwear brand for copyright infringement, trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition due to its lego shoes.