Seattle blues singer Anita “Girl A” White has countersued the nation band Girl A, in an escalating authorized dispute over their title.
The case dates again to June when the band, previously referred to as Girl Antebellum, modified their title over its hyperlinks to slavery.
White, who has been performing as Girl A for many years, is now suing for sole utilization of the title and compensation.
She claims confusion over the title has led to misplaced gross sales.
The authorized papers, which had been filed in Seattle on Tuesday, are the most recent improvement in a case that has grow to be more and more bitter.
Girl Antebellum determined to vary their title in June after the dying of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests (the phrase antebellum is used to check with the interval and structure within the US South earlier than the Civil Struggle).
Nevertheless, they had been unaware that White had been utilizing the title for the reason that 1990s, till she criticised them for making the change with out contacting her.
Band members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and David Haywood later spoke to the 61-year-old, declaring that they had shared “clear, trustworthy, and genuine conversations”.
However talks broke down, and the trio stated that White had demanded a $10m (£7.8m) cost.
In July, they sued the singer, searching for a declaration that they might proceed to make use of the title. Authorized papers confirmed the band had filed a trademark for Girl A in 2010, and had used the time period in merchandise and promotions earlier than then.
White’s counter-suit claims she has a typical legislation proper to the Girl A trademark, primarily based on her use of the title for albums and stay performances relationship again greater than 20 years.
Her legal professionals argue that the Nashville band’s use of the title has already resulted in “misplaced gross sales, diminished model identification, and diminution within the worth of and goodwill related to the mark”.
“The impact of the title change on Ms White’s potential to tell apart her music within the market was overwhelming,” stated the papers filed on Tuesday.
“Web and social media searches for Girl A, which had readily returned outcomes for her music, had been now dominated by references to Girl Antebellum. Ms White’s Girl A model had been usurped and set on the trail to erasure.”
Due to this, White is searching for undisclosed damages in a jury trial, in addition to the only rights to the Girl A reputation.
Her legal professionals have additionally requested for a “affordable royalty charge for any gross sales of music or musical performances rendered underneath the Girl A mark”.
The band, who’ve gained 5 Grammys and scored seven prime 10 albums within the US, have but to reply.