Chesney files suit in merchandise dispute

February 2014



Kenny Chesney has filed suit against a merchandising company for copyright and trade mark infringements. The Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper has reported that the country superstar has filed suit in federal court this week, alleging unauthorised sales of merchandise bearing his name and a logo that he owns.

According to the complaint, country singer Chesney owns the trademark to a logo that features a guitar leaned against a palm tree. The huge popular US singer contracted with a licensing company called Latitude to license t-shirts and other branded merchandise bearing his name and that logo.

Chesney’s suit alleges that although the singer was supposed to have final approval of any licensing agreements between Latitude and third-party merchandisers, a company called T&M Enterprises began selling t-shirts and other merchandise without Chesney’s consent. Chesney contacted T&M and instructed them to stop producing the unauthorized goods, and the two parties reached a settlement in January 2013 that would allow the company to sell off the remainder of its Chesney-related stock. But according to the singer’s filing, T&M continued selling the unauthorized merchandise even after it was supposed to have stopped.

“We believed we had an equitable settlement in place,” a spokesman for Chesney tells the Tennessean. “As time has passed, we realized that, in fact, the defendant had no intention of honoring the agreement. Regrettably, we were forced into taking further legal action. The details of our complaint are provided in the lawsuit filed in Nashville.”

The lawsuit asks seeks to bar T&M Enterprises and its designer, Harneet Pasricha, from producing the unauthorized Chesney merchandise and monetary damages.

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