After Almost Three Years, Beyoncé Drops Lawsuit Against Feyoncé
A few years ago, the Internet was flooded with cute t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, and other forms of apparel and accessories with the words Feyoncé scribbled across them. They instantly became popular with Beyoncé loving brides to be. However, Mrs. Carter wasn’t behind this creation, it was actually Leana Lopez, who is the owner of the Texas-based company, Feyoncé. In 2016, the music mogul filed a lawsuit stating trademark infringement, unfair competition and more. She requested that Feyoncé stop producing the products and pay for all the legal fees. On Wednesday, the lawsuit was dropped and Feyoncé is free to sell their merchandise.
In her suit, Bey’s lawyers argued that the line was “a mispelling of fiancé intended to call to mind Beyoncé and her famous song.” However, a judge ruled in favor of Feyoncé in September of 2018, referencing a previous Tommy Hilfiger licensing case which ruled that if the purpose of a slogan or statement is to convey an obvious joke, then you can’t make a connection simply based on a play on words. The court opinion reads, “The marks are certainly extremely similar in text, font and pronunciation. The difference between the two is the first letter….By replacing the ‘B’ with an ‘F,’ defendants have created a mark that sounds like ‘fiancé,’ i.e. a person who is engaged to be married. As a result, FEY ONCE is a play on words.”
According to WWD, it seems like the two parties have reached a settlement, although the details remain unknown. Court documents indicate that Beyoncé and Feyoncé’s lawyers met in November and December of 2018 to work towards a resolution. Well, it looks like one has finally been reached!
One can only imagine what it’s like to go up against Beyoncé’s lawyers. What do you think? Was Feyoncé infringing on Beyoncé’s fame just to make a quick buck? Who do you think is in the right? Talk to us in the comment section!