New York
03 January 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

RUN-DMC sues sellers for $50 million


Rap group Run-DMC has sued Amazon and Wal-Mart for more than $50 million over allegations of trademark infringement.

The group filed its complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York in late December last year, accusing the two companies, as well as Jet.com, Vision World, Infinity Fashion and SW Global Corp.

In the complaint, Run-DMC asserted that it is the most “well known group in the history of hip hop/rap music” and is credited with being “the act most responsible for pushing hip hop into mainstream popular music”.

Run-DMC has accused the six companies, as well as various Amazon marketplace sellers, of advertising, selling, manufacturing, promoting and distributing multiple products claiming to be Run-DMC styled.

The complaint added that the products “confuse the public as to the source of the products and suggest that Run-DMC endorses the products. The defendants are trading on the goodwill of [Run-DMC]”.

The infringing products include glasses, hats, t-shirts, patches, wallets and other items.

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