U.S. News | Nipsey Hussle Estate Sues the Crips LLC for Trademark Infringement

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Samuel Asghedom, the brother of Nipsey Hussle and administrator of the late rapper’s estate has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in California against Tia Hollis and the Crips LLC for trademark infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants are using the catchphrase “The Marathon Continues” which the plaintiff owned and trademarked.

The plaintiff reportedly said that his brother started the Marathon Clothing line in 2011 based on his catchphrases “the marathon” and the “marathon continues” from his two mixtapes he released under All Money Inc.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the phrases were later trademarked for use on the clothing line and the Marathon Clothing store was opened in 2012 at Crenshaw Plaza to sell T-shirts, sweaters, beanies, hats, and sweatshirts, among other items.

According to the lawsuit, the Crips LLC filed an application for a trademark in 2019 for use of the phrase “The Marathon Continues” on education manuals for community organization and gang prevention which was opposed by the plaintiff.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants had continued to use the phrase for commercial purposes.

The plaintiff is accusing the defendant of trademark infringement, false advertising, and unfair competition over their use of the catchphrase without permission.

The plaintiff is seeking the court to order the Crips LLC and Hollis to destroy all unlawful products and to compensate Nipsey’s estate for any advertising and other expenses to dispel public confusion.

The case is ongoing.

Asghedom v. Hollis et al

Judge:  –
Court: California Central District Court
Case #: 2:20-cv-09340
Nature of Suit: Trademark
Cause: Trademark Infringement
Case Filed: Oct 10, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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