Hells Angels Sue McQueen and Saks
I don't know that it merits "Lawsuit of the Day" honors, but it paints a pretty entertaining picture. As reported in Bloomberg Businessweek (and noted by the Lawline Legal Beat blog), the Hells Angels are suing fancy pants fashion house Alexander McQueen and my sister's favorite "charity," Saks Fifth Avenue, for infringing on the motorcycle group's (I didn't say "gang") famous "death-head" trademark.
According to the complaint, not only are the defendants using the trademark without a license, but they're using it on items like $2,300 purses that aren't even big enough to hold the keys to your chopper and $1,600 dresses that look like slightly artsier versions of those skeleton t-shirts lazy people wear on Halloween. Also named as a defendant is zappos.com.
McQueen died earlier this year in an apparent suicide. Which is a shame, because it would have made great television to hear his commentary on the ensembles of the Hells Angels as they left the courthouse, should this thing ever get that far.
Posted by Eric Lipman on October 27, 2010 at 12:19 PM | Permalink
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