NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Country group Lady A, who removed the word “Antebellum” from her name because of her bondage with slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a black singer who has performed as Lady See you for years.
The Grammy-winning vocal group filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday after negotiations with Anita White failed in recent weeks. According to the trial, the group is seeking a decision that their use of the “Lady A” brand does not infringe White’s alleged trademark rights of the same name. The group is not claiming monetary damages.
The group consisting of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood announced the name change last month, saying they regretted not having taken into consideration the word associations antebellum with slavery.
But White, who has been publishing blues and soul music for years as Lady A, has publicly complained that the group never contacted her before changing her name. Name negotiations have not resulted in an agreement.
According to the lawsuit, the group applied for marks for the name “Lady A” for entertainment services and for use on clothing in 2010 and no opposition or person has been filed.
“When we learned that Mrs. White had also played as Lady A, we had sincere discussions with her about how we can all get together and do something special and beautiful from that point on.” , the group said in a statement. “We never even considered the idea that she shouldn’t also be able to use Lady A’s name, and we never will – today’s action doesn’t change that.”
Source: AP News