Experience Hendrix LLC, the company run by the late guitarist’s adopted sister Janie, and which is the entity that that manages the estate and legacy of Jimi Hendrix, is in another dispute with Jimi Hendrix’s brother Leon, who is accused of involvement in a business venture that seeks exploit Jimi Hendrix trademarks without Experience Hendrix’s permission.
The new lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, is against Leon Hendrix and associate Andrew Pitsicalis. A a press release from Expedience Hendrix begins by noting the past disputes over unofficial Hendrix-branded products that he has been involved in and states: “Over the past ten years, defendants Andrew Pitsicalis and Leon Hendrix, and a variety of individuals and entities with which they have been associated, have attempted to hijack plaintiffs’ trademarks and copyrights for their own personal gain. Federal courts have repeatedly prohibited those unlawful activities” and goes on: “Ignoring those prohibitions, defendants recently have renewed and expanded their infringements of plaintiffs’ trademarks and copyrights through the creation, development, licensing, manufacturing, promotion, advertising and sale of cannabis, edibles, food, wine, alcohol, ‘medicines’, electronic products, and other goods”.
The law suit continues: “Undaunted by their previously failed and enjoined efforts to exploit the Hendrix marks, defendants have now aggressively escalated their conduct into a full-scale assault on the plaintiffs’ trademark and copyrights that relate to Jimi Hendrix, through nothing less than a fraudulent business model and scheme designed to trade on the Hendrix marks and copyrights in a manner designed to confuse consumers, investors and licensees”.
The filing acknowledges that the siblings’ late father Al, who set up Experience Hendrix and its related companies in 1995 “expressly excluded” Leon from the business.
http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jimi-hendrix-brother-lawsuit/ and http://www.thewrap.com/jimi-hendrix-family-lawsuit/
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