Musicians Beyoncé, Jay Z, Rihanna and Pharrell Williams have teamed up to sue French brand ElevenParis for using their names, lyrics or faces on clothing without permission.
The complaint was filed in New York after the brand allegedly ignored warnings from the singers to stop sales of shirts, hats and phone cases featuring their likeness.
The products include clothing bearing the singers’ faces and phrases including “Kanye is my Homie” and “Pharrell is my Brotha,” and Beyonce and Rihanna song lyrics.
The artists accused ElevenParis of being “habitual, wilful intellectual property infringers that, without authorisation, usurp the trademarks, copyrights and other rights of A-list celebrities”, according to Sky News.
The plaintiffs said the brand’s actions caused “immediate irreparable harm” and they are seeking to recoup profits and triple damages over the allegations of trademark infringement and violations of their rights of publicity.
In a statement sent to Drapers, ElevenParis confirmed that negotiations have been underway for almost a year and it is “determined to achieve a fair and balanced agreement with the celebrities and their advisers.”
Earlier this year, Rihanna won a legal dispute with Topshop after the shop used an unauthorised photo on one of its T-shirts.