Run–D.M.C. Suing Walmart + Amazon $50 Million For Selling Products That Use Their Iconic Logo
TMZ reports Run–D.M.C. is suing Walmart, Amazon, and other retailers for "advertising, manufacturing, selling and distributing multiple products with the RUN-DMC trademark without the permission of RUN-DMC." The group's iconic logo is pictured above. Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, who owns the brand, is listed as plaintiff. The trademark infringement lawsuit mentions the sale of hats, glasses, t-shirts, wallets, patches and other items with their logo or made popular by the group. They are for asking in excess of $50 million in damages and lawyer fees. The lawsuit reads, "The Defendants are advertising, selling, manufacturing, promoting and distributing multiple products claiming to be RUN-DMC styled products. Other products directly infringe and utilize the RUN-DMC trademark." It continues, "The products sold by the Defendants confuse the public as to the source of the products and suggests that RUN-DMC endorses the products. The Defendants are trading on the goodwill of Plaintiff." Head here to read the lawsuit in full via Pitchfork. In other Run–D.M.C related news, a few weeks back, Chance The Rapper, while on Saturday Night Live, performed a hilarious sketch honoring President Barack Obama that was Run-D.M.C. themed. Peep the sketch here or watch it via YouTube below. Check back for updates regarding the lawsuit.