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Joan Jett drops trademark lawsuit against US retailer Hot Topic

By | Published on Wednesday 14 May 2014

Joan Jett

Joan Jett has reached a settlement with US clothing retailer Hot Topic over the allegedly unauthorised use of her label Blackheart Records’ logo on a line of lingerie, reports Law360.

According to Jett’s complaint, filed last June, Hot Topic had legitimately distributed products made by Blackheart itself for more than a decade, but then started using the company’s logo on its own range of underwear without permission. This, said Jett, constituted false advertising, unfair competition and was an attempt to trade of the “substantial goodwill associated” towards the record label.

Hot Topic said in response at the time that it had compensated Jett “with mutually agreed-upon license agreements for the sale of t-shirts featuring her image”, arguing that Jett had actually given up her trademark on the logo anyway.

However, this week it was announced that both sides have agreed to end legal proceedings. Exact details of the settlement have not been disclosed.