Country band Lady A, which recently changed its name from Lady Antebellum, is being sued by a blues musician with the same name. Anita “Lady A” White is accusing the band of trademark infringement, which has caused “tortious injury” to her career, according to court documents obtained by Fox News.
White has been performing as Lady A for nearly three decades and has released her music under the name. In her suit, she accuses the band of showing no consideration to her rights.
“Lady Antebellum’s decision to replace the name Lady Antebellum with Lady A was undertaken with willful disregard of Ms. White’s rights in her Lady A trademark, which she has used for nearly thirty years,” the legal document reads.
White and Lady A tried to hash things out in a video conference but they were “unable to reach a resolution.” The former Lady Antebellum claims to have been using the Lady A name as a nickname since 2008. The band further alleges it owns multiple registrations over the name.
White’s suit names all three members of Lady A — Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood — as defendants, as well as Lady A Entertainment, LLC.
The band decided to drop Antebellum from its name in June following the widespread protests over the killing of George Floyd and racial injustice in the United States. In a statement, the trio noted that they originally chose their name, which refers to the pre-Civil War period in the South, because of their connection to the region and the style of the house where they took their first pictures as a band.
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