Posted: Dec 10, 2013 11:44 AM
Updated: Dec 10, 2013 5:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Representatives for chicken finger franchise Raising Cane's said they tried to reach a settlement with Bob Marley's estate before the reggae singer's family filed suit against their "One Love" logo recently.
The lawsuit was filed in Massachusetts U.S. District Court on Dec. 6 by 56 Hope Road, the Bahamas-based company run by Marley's children and widow. They claim that Raising Cane's use of "One Love", the title of Marley's most famous song, is a trademark infringement.
Cane's successfully registered the use years ago. While Hope Road legally has the trademark to the phrase in certain circumstances, Cane's retains the right in others, which has led to the Marleys' attempts to register for different uses to be denied.
Raising Cane's founder and CEO, Todd Graves, said they had met with the Marley family in a "good faith" attempt to resolve the issue as the Marleys prepared to enter the restaurant business. Graves said negotations continued past that point, with the Marleys filing suit after rejecting Raising Cane's last settlement offer. Graves said they rejected the lawsuit's allegations.
Hope Road has requested to-be-determined damages, plus attorney's fees, and whatever profits the chain has made using the name.