Judge Rejects Madonna's "Material Girl" Trademark Claim
Posted on Wed Sep 7, 2011 04:36 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - A federal judge has rejected Madonnaâ€™s claim that she has trademark primacy over the phrase â€œMaterial Girl.â€
Judge S. James Oteroâ€™s decision comes after clothes retailer LA Triumph filed a lawsuit against Madonna and her Material Girl clothes line last year, claiming that it first began selling a line of â€œMaterial Girlâ€ clothes in 1997 and therefore owns the trademark.
Madonna counterclaimed that her 1985 hit â€œMaterial Girlâ€ and the $85 million worth of â€œMaterial Girlâ€ merchandise sales in the 1980s should render her the â€œsenior trademark user.â€
Judge Otero disagreed with Madonnaâ€™s legal grounding but will allow a jury to hear both arguments when the case goes to trial in October.