I Got 99 Problems & a Wig Ain’t One | Tyra Banks Files $10 Million Lawsuit Against Wig makers for Trademark Infringement #Fashionlaw #FashionModelingLaw

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Supermodel/media mogul Tyra Banks is not a happy woman right now. TMZ reports that Banks just allegedly filed a lawsuit in L.A., yesterday, against several wig makers for infringing on her trademark.

I should get my hands on the complaint very soon so I can give you all my take/analysis on the suit. In the meantime, please revisit my discussions on how Trademark infringement works here, and also read  an excerpt from TMZ’s reporting:

You can’t go slapping Tyra Banks’ name willy-nilly on wigs — not without her slapping back with a massive lawsuit for 10 million dollars … TMZ has learned.

Tyra just filed a lawsuit in L.A. County against 10 companies that make wigs … and in the suit she claims they’re all biting her “name, photograph, image, and identity” — as well as her trademarks.

We know squat about wigs … but some quick research revealed several of the companies do have Tyra’s photos and Tyra inspired wigs on their websites.

A few examples: The Yaki straight[Tyra-Banks style] wig, the Tyra Banks custom lace wig #046, and our fave — the Tyra Banks inspired human hair wig. We’re guessing it’s not actually TB’s hair you’re buying … although it does cost $300!

TMZ has the full story.

The sound track that seems to fit this legal drama is Jay-Z’s 99 Problems. It just seems like Tyra Banks is ready for this legal battle and she is going full court press in making sure these infringers stop. We will see how this unfolds.

Photocredit: Associated Press

Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a Partner and Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group, P.C. where she handles her firm’s fashion and entertainment law practice areas. Ms. Uduak has litigated a wide variety of cases in California courts. She has also handled a variety of entertainment deals for clients including network television and licensing deals. Her work and contributions to the creative industry has been recognized by numerous organizations including the National Bar Association, and featured in prestigious legal publications in the USA: ABA Journal and The California Lawyer Magazine. She is also the author of Fashionentlaw™ and also has over two decades combined hands on industry experience in the creative industry which includes modeling, retail, fashion production, public relations, digital media, journalism and publishing. For further inquiries or if you are seeking legal representation, please email (uduak@ebitulawgrp.com). You may also follow her on twitter at @uduaklaw


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