Country music band Lady Antebellum changed its name to Lady A last month, evoking protest from blues singer Lady A, who has been using the same moniker for more than 20 years.
The country music band, consisting of singers Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, changed their original name saying it was linked to 18th century American slavery and that they wanted to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
In the latest development, the new Lady A has filed a lawsuit against the original Lady A, who’s original name is Anita White, for using the name.
The lawsuit filed in Nashville’s U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, alleges that White tried to enforce “purported trademark rights in a mark that Plaintiffs have held for more than a decade.”
The band alleged that after conciliatory talks broke down, White’s counsel demanded $10 million as compensation.
“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” the country music group said in a statement.
They added, “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.”
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