French clothing line Eleven Paris was hit with a lawsuit on Tuesday by a group of musicians who you don't want to mess with: Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jay Z, Kanye West and Pharrell. The complaint was filed with the Southern District of New York and demands for a jury trial.
The filing accuses Eleven Paris of committing more than 50 violations including "publicity violations, willful trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution, among a score of other blatant statutory and common law violations." Specifically, the superstar musicians have taken issue with the brand's habit of slapping the photos, lyrics and names of "some of the most famous musical artists and entrepreneurs in the world" on a bunch of T-shirts and accessories and selling them for profit without their permission.
The plaintiffs (Queen B, et al.) have notified Eleven Paris several times with multiple cease-and-desist letters, but the brand has continued to offer their likeness to its retailers and at its own flagship in New York City. In addition, the French fashion line breached an agreement with Bey and her team from Jan. 2015 to discontinue items with the singer's image. Currently, the group demands that Eleven Paris cease manufacturing on any items featuring the plaintiffs, and cover any profits made as well as legal fees.
Despite its legal issues, Eleven Paris is a popular brand among the celebrity and fashion set, including Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Cara Delevingne, Jessica Alba and bloggers like Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast. Kate Moss and even Solange Knowles (the plot thickens) have modeled in previous campaigns for the label. And although the items featuring the plaintiffs are no longer available online, the brand continues to offer a "Family Capsule" collection with nods to Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Moss and Coco Chanel on T-shirts, sweatshirts and bags. The products only feature the first names of these fashion icons, so perhaps Eleven Paris has found a loophole in their business model — at least for now.
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