It’s been two months since we last checked into the battle between blues singer Anita “Lady A” White and country band Lady Antebellum (who decided to change name to Lady A back in June even though there was already a woman performing under that name). The two sides met to discuss how to proceed in June, with the band proudly declaring that they both agreed to share the name although the original Lady A̵
Lady A replied shortly after that, but now Rolling stones say she has gone further and filed a contradiction against the band, claiming that she has “nationwide common law rights” to the Lady A trademark and that her use of it precedes “any rights in the Lady A mark allegedly owned by Lady Antebellum. ” (In their suit, the band argued that it has been using Lady A as a nickname for years, though it only ever seemed to show up in situations where people could not be bothered to spell out the full name.) Lady A also argues for that all this thing “has overshadowed searches for her on social media and music services,” resulting in “lost sales, diminished brand identity, and diminishing the value and goodwill associated with the brand.”
The band only filed its lawsuit after Lady A asked for a $ 10 million settlement in return for letting them use the name, with Rolling stones notes that she says she only did so after deciding that the band did not take its objections seriously enough. The band’s lawsuit, meanwhile, did not ask for any money or compensation, but instead served only to establish that the band could use the name and that Lady A could not sue them over it later (which is what she is doing now).