US Band Sue Over 'One Direction' Name
Legal action being taken against Simon Cowell's record label...
Syco and Sony have been sued by an American group which has previously used the same name - seeking an injunction and damages.
One Direction have taken the US by storm in recent weeks, with their debut album Up All Night going straight in at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
Lawyer Peter Ross, acting for the US group, told The Hollywood Reporter that Syco and Sony were made aware of its existence when they tried to register the name as a trademark in the US.
He said: "Rather than change their name or do anything to create confusion or avoid damage to our goodwill, they chose to press ahead and come on their tour.
"We've been in negotiations for a month to find a resolution. In our view, the negotiations weren't turning out to be very productive."
We told you earlier this morning how Simon Cowell could take part in the UK version of The X Factor via Skype - and also how 1D's Harry is reported to have a new GF.