The Business Litigation Blog

Radiohead Sues Lana Del Rey for Copyright Infringement

Rumor has it that Radiohead might sue Lana Del Rey for copyright infringement over her songGet Freeand its similarities to their breakout hit,Creep. Lana Del Rey offered Radiohead 40% of the publishing money from the song, but Lana alleges that Radiohead and their attorneys will only accept 100%. Del Rey posted in a tweet “It’s true about the lawsuit. Although I know my song wasn’t inspired byCreep, Radiohead feels it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.” Radiohead has not made a statement. The irony of the situation is Radiohead’s claim is over a song that they were sued over. The Hollies sued Radiohead and won when they heard similarities between The Hollies’The Air I Brea...

Woof-Tang Clan Hit with Trademark Infringement Claim by RZA

Robert Diggs, better known as RZA, has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a dog walking business named the Woof-Tang Clan. RZA is a member of the highly successful Wu-Tang Clan and claims that Woof-Tang Clan is “highly similar” to the Wu-Tang Clan in “sight, sound and commercial impression.” RZA also stated that Woof-Tang Clan “falsely suggests a connection” with Wu-Tang Clan and that is “likely to cause confusion, cause mistake, or to deceive consumers to falsely believe” that the dog walking company is associated with the rap collective. Woof-Tang Clan owner Marty Cuatchon responded to the suit with little comment. However, he did say “I am a fan. We walk dogs. I thought it was a good idea.” The Woof-Tang Clan website used to sell T-shirts that parodied famous rap albums (see below). The shirts were all i...

Woman Sues Nationwide for Breach of Contact

A Charleston woman is suing Nationwide General Insurance Company after she claims it breached its contract with her. There was a fire at a property owned by Linda Blevins. The fire caused property damage. The complaint was filed in Logan Circuit Court on June 19th and was moved up to federal court July 24th. Blevins claims that her policy was in full effect the day of the fire. Nationwide issued a reservation of rights letter to the plaintiff. Some petroleum distillate was found in samples from her property. Her policy specifically excluded increased hazards and intentional acts. Blevins stated that Nationwide has no evidence to say that she contributed to an increased hazard on her property. Blevins is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.  If you have a breach of contra...

Jägermeister Sued for Trademark Infringement

Jägermeister has been sued by outdoor wear company Alfwear over use of the word Kühl in an advertisement. Alfwear is accusing Jägermeister of “infringing and diluting” its trademark. Jägermeister used the phrases “Kühl as Ice” and “Drink it Ice Kühl” in advertisements in June.  Alfwears owns US trademark number 1,990,375 for the ‘Kühl’ mark for use in class 25, according to the claim. Alfwear claims that Jägermeister willfully infringed on the trademark. The use of Kühl by Jägermeister allegedly is creating confusion in the marketplace. The founder and president of Kühl has stated that he’s received emails asking if Kühl collaborated with Jägermeister. If you have experienced trademark infringement, contact Thomas E. Patterson at or (312)-223-1699.   

State of New Mexico Sues Oil Company for Breach of Contract

The state of New Mexico is suing a Texas oil company for breach of contract because it did not comply with a settlement. The settlement stated that abandoned oil wells in southern New Mexico needed to be plugged and remediated. Siana Oil agreed to plug one oil well in New Mexico and then clean up contaminated chemical waste at other sites before resuming work in the state. The state of New Mexico now claims that the company owes $147,000 in penalties and possibly several hundred thousand more dollars due to daily fines. In addition to the breach of the agreement the state of New Mexico also alleged violations of the state Oil and Gas Act. If you have a breach of contract claim contact Thomas E. Patterson at (312)-233-1699 or

Penn State Sues Former Assistant Football Coach for Breach of Contract

Penn State has sued former assistant football coach Bob Shoop for breach of contract, claiming he owes the university nearly $900,000. His contract stipulates that if he leaves before his time is up he owes half of his base salary to the university. penn state is seeking $891,000 dollars with additional interest and costs.  If you have a breach of contract claim get in touch with Tom Patterson at (312)-223-1699 or 

New Senior Investment Group Involved in a Shareholder Lawsuit

A shareholder of New Senior Investment Group is alleging that members of the Board used a $640 million acquisition of Holiday Retirement properties to pad their pockets and damage the investors. The New Senior shareholder filed his case in Delaware Chancery Court in December 2016 and then amended the suit on June 8th. The suit names the Board of Directors and the real estate investment trust (REIT) as defendants. New Senior is owned by Fortress Investment Group. Holiday Retirement and the Holiday Portfolio were also majority owned by Fortress Investment Group. The suit alleges that the acquisition of the Holiday Portfolio was made “on unfair terms and for an inflated price.” This triggered losses for shareholders, but benefitted high level employees at Fortress. If you have a shareholder lawsuit contact Thomas E. Pat...

Cabela's Facing Shareholder Lawsuit

Four class action lawsuits have been filed by Cabela's shareholders against Cabela's in the month of June. the've all been filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, the state in which Cabela's is incorporated. The lawsuits were filed in response to a Cabela's shareholder meeting to approve the sale of Cabela's to Bass Pro Shops. The allegations include Cabela's making "incompplete and materially misleading" statements to investors and that their financial advisor has conflicts of interest. Cabela's intends to defend the litigation vigorously.  If you have a shareholder dispute get in touch with Thomas E. Patterson at or (312)-223-1699. 

Celebrity Attorney Gloria Allred Sued for Legal Malpractice

Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred has been sued by an ex-client, Kyle Hunter, for Allred's representation of Hunter in a discrimination claim against CBS. Hunter, a weatherman, retained Allred to represent him against CBS for discriminating against him in favor of younger, more attractive meteorologists. Hunter's malpractice claim against Allred alleges that she failed to interview key witnesses and did not disclose to Hunter that Allred was concurrently working with CBS to develop a legal drama based on Allred's life, which Hunter alleges was a conflict of interest. Hunter's further alleges that Allred's conduct and omissions damaged him to the tune of $1 million and an impaired reputation. Allred and her firm have denied the allegations of malpractice. 

UFC Management Company Sues Fighter for Breach of Contract

Nate Diaz, a UFC fighter, has been sued by the Ballengee Group in Dallas County Court District. Diaz terminated his contract for representation by Ballengee before UFC fight 202. Ballengee alleges that Diaz committed theft, breach of contract, fraud, and civil conspiracy. Diaz convinced Leslie Smith, another fighter represented by Ballengee, to leave the management company. Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz’s brother was also represented by Ballengee. Ballengee claims they have not received fair compensation for their representation through multiple Diaz fights. The complaint states that Ballengee is seeking more than $1 Million in damages against Nate Diaz. 

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