Blackstreet Beefing: Teddy Riley And Chauncey Black Head To Court Over Rights To Group Name
There’s something really troubling about hearing that members from your favorite 90’s R&B bands are engaged in ugly legal squabbles with one another. A couple of months ago we told you about the icky legal dispute involving En Vogue. And now it appears that Blackstreet is in a similar boat.
According to TMZ, founding member Chauncey Black is has filed a lawsuit against Teddy Riley, claiming that his former group member has been using the Blackstreet name illegally. Court documents reveal that although Riley initially owned rights to the name, when the trademark expired, Chauncey swooped down and bagged it up.
The lawsuit explains that Teddy is infringing on trademark laws each time he performs with another group under the name Blackstreet. Chauncey also says that he can’t work with Riley because of his “uncooperation.”
A representative on behalf of Teddy told TMZ that the suit is ridiculous.
“At this time we have no comment on ANY of the ridiculous and frivolous claims APPARENTLY being made by Chauncey Andre Hannibal aka’Black,'” a spokesperson said.
Chauncey has also engaged in some dialogue regarding the suit with fans via his Twitter page.
Hopefully they’re able to work things out.