In response to the swimsuit filed in a Nashville, Tennessee, court docket Wednesday, the case stems from White’s “try and implement purported emblems rights in a mark that Plaintiffs have held for greater than a decade,” based on Billboard.
The swimsuit additionally claims that the solo singer’s counsel “delivered a draft settlement settlement that included an exorbitant financial demand” after conversations with the band and their respective attorneys. The precise quantity just isn’t talked about within the swimsuit, however an announcement from the band says it’s $10 million.
“Right now we’re unhappy to share that our honest hope to hitch along with Anita White in unity and customary goal has ended,” the group — consisting of members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and David Haywood — mentioned in an announcement.
“She and her group have demanded a $10 million cost, so reluctantly we now have come to the conclusion that we have to ask a court docket to affirm our proper to proceed to make use of the identify Girl A, a trademark we now have held for a few years.”
In June, the band introduced it was dropping the identify “Antebellum” after reflecting on the Black Lives Matter motion.
“We’re regretful and embarrassed to say that we didn’t have in mind the associations that overwhelm this phrase referring to the interval of historical past earlier than the Civil Warfare, which incorporates slavery,” they wrote of their announcement on Twitter.
The subsequent day, White slammed the band for the identify change, saying she was blindsided by the transfer.
“That is an excessive amount of now. They’re utilizing the identify due to a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is only a second in time. If it mattered, it might have mattered to them earlier than,” she instructed Rolling Stone.
White, who relies in Seattle, has been utilizing the identify Girl A for over 20 years and considers it to be her model.
On June 15, the band posted an image of a Zoom assembly they’d with White and her colleagues on social media, showing to have come to a conclusion.
“Clear, sincere and genuine conversations had been had,” the band wrote. “We’re excited to share we’re shifting ahead with constructive options and customary floor.”
Within the swimsuit, the band claims they’ve been utilizing Girl Antebellum and Girl A interchangeably as early as 2006. The band utilized to trademark Girl A for leisure functions, and the applying was filed July 26, 2011.
The swimsuit additionally acknowledges that White has been utilizing Girl A since as early as 2010, however provides that “based mostly on data and perception,” White has by no means trademarked the identify.
The band asks for no cash within the swimsuit, just for the Nashville court docket to declare that the trio is lawfully utilizing the trademarked identify and that its continued use doesn’t infringe on White’s rights beneath the legislation. It additionally states that the trio and artist proceed to share the Girl A reputation.