Rap group Run-DMC has filed a $50 million lawsuit in New York against Wal-Mart, Amazon, Jet and other retailers accused of selling products that “traded on the group’s name” without permission.
The owner of the Run-DMC brand, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, is the plaintiff.
According to the AP, the complaint said the defendants are “advertising, selling, manufacturing, promoting and distributing multiple products in the group’s trademarked name. The products include glasses, hats, t-shirts, patches, wallets and other items.”
The lawsuit alleged that “retailers have improperly profited, diluted and harmed the Run-DMC brand, which it said has generated more than $100 million in revenue since its inception in the 1980s.”
Daniels is from New York and founded the rap band back in 1981. The other members are Joseph “Run” Simmons and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell.
Mizell was killed in a shooting that occurred at his recording studio in Queens, New York in 2002.
The group has been officially disbanded for years.
Run-DMC was only the second rapper to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
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