The band Woman A, previously recognised as Lady Antebellum, has submitted a lawsuit in opposition to blues singer Anita White, who also goes by the identify Woman A.
In accordance to the fit submitted in a Nashville courtroom Wednesday, the scenario stems from White’s “attempt to enforce purported emblems rights in a mark that Plaintiffs have held for more than a decade,” according to Billboard.
The go well with also statements that the solo singer’s counsel “delivered a draft settlement agreement that integrated an exorbitant monetary demand” immediately after discussions with the band and their respective attorneys. The actual volume is not described in the accommodate, but a assertion from the band states it’s $10 million.
“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to sign up for alongside one another with Anita White in unity and common objective has finished,” the group — consisting of associates Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and David Haywood — stated in a assertion.
“She and her crew have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have occur to the summary that we have to have to check with a courtroom to affirm our proper to proceed to use the name Girl A, a trademark we have held for many yrs.”
In early June, the band announced it was dropping the title “Antebellum” following reflecting on the Black Lives Matter movement.
“We are regretful and humiliated to say that we did not choose into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the interval of history prior to the Civil War, which consists of slavery,” they wrote in their announcement on Twitter.
The next day, White slammed the band for the title improve, declaring she was blindsided by the shift.
“This is much too considerably now. They are working with the name mainly because of a Black Life Matter incident that, for them, is just a second in time. If it mattered, it would have mattered to them prior to,” she instructed Rolling Stone.
White, who is dependent in Seattle, has been working with the identify Girl A for over 20 many years and considers it to be her brand name.
On June 15, the band posted a photograph of a Zoom meeting they experienced with White and her colleagues on social media, appearing to have appear to a conclusion.
“Transparent, sincere and genuine conversations ended up experienced,” the band wrote. “We are excited to share we are moving ahead with good alternatives and frequent floor.”
In the suit, the band statements they have been working with Lady Antebellum and Girl A interchangeable as early as 2006-2007. The band utilized to trademark Girl A for enjoyment reasons, and the application was filed July 26, 2011.
The suit also acknowledges that White has been using Girl A due to the fact as early as 2010, but adds that “based on information and facts and perception,” White has in no way trademarked the name.
The band asks for no money in the fit, only for the Nashville courtroom to declare that the trio is lawfully making use of the trademarked name and that its continued use does not infringe on White’s rights beneath the legislation. It also states that the trio and artist go on to share the Woman A identify.