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.
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