Jay-Z Sued Over Diamond Logo
The rapper is also facing legal action from the NBA…
Jay-Z's company Roc Nation is being sued for trademark infringement over its diamond-shaped logo.
Streetwear brand Volcom is alleging that Roc Nation’s logo bears a striking resemblance to its own gemstone symbol, which it has been using since 1991. In the lawsuit, filed on 31 March, the company said it has been asking Roc Nation to cease using the logo since it debuted in 2009, but had been ignored.
The lawsuit states: "While Roc Nation appears to have initially used the diamond only in combination with the words 'Roc Nation' it is now using the diamond log on its own, causing a likelihood of confusion among consumers." The logo is appearing on Roc Nation-branded headphones, clothing and records.
Volcom clothes and accessories are sold at similar retailers to Roc Nation’s gear and the company is seeking an injunction to have all products bearing the diamond logo destroyed.
It hasn’t been a good week for Jay-Z – the entrepreneur is also facing an investigation from the NBA after he violated league rules by entering college team Kentucky Wildcats’ dressing room.
Jay is part owner of the New Jersey Nets and is prohibited from communicating with any future draft picks. If found guilty, he could be slapped with a fine in the region of $30,000.