Madonna Slapped with Material Girl Lawsuit

08/20/2010 at 10:00 AM ET

Courtesy Macy’s

Talk about a fashion don’t! Madonna is being sued over the rights to use the “Material Girl” name for the trendy juniors clothing line that she designed with daughter Lourdes. Apparel manufacturer LA Triumph slapped the superstar with a lawsuit Thursday, claiming that it had been marketing clothes under the “Material Girl” brand since 1997. “Our client and its predecessor have been continually selling similar clothes in similar retail outlets at similar price points under their Material Girl brand since at least 1997 and Madonna and her newfound company do not have the right to trade in the same space under this brand,” said an attorney with firm One LLP, alleging that their client faces “a risk of being subsumed by Madonna’s profile, obvious worldwide notoriety” and massive marketing campaign. Madonna’s much-buzzed-about Material Girl collection, fronted by Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen, launched at Macy’s earlier this month. Madonna has not yet commented. –Gillian Koenig

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Jon on

Oh please, this is so ridiculous, I hope this gets settled real soon?

alittle on

And how long as Madonna used the term “Material Girl” 1980 something!!!!

Palm Beach, FL on

Iron Mountain SUCKS!!!!

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CIBBEE on

NOW WAIT- DIDN’T MADONNA’S SONG COME OUT MUCH EARLIER THAN 1997…. IN THAT CASE THAT WOULD MEAN THIS “COMPANY” SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAYING MADONNA A STIPEND FOR USING IT BECAUSE PEOPLE ALREADY RELATED MATERIAL GIRL TO MADONNA THUS ATTRACTING THEIR TARGET AUDIENCE….. DO I MAKE SENSE???? ANYBODY FOR A REBUTTAL??

JNC on

Why don’t they just take advantage of that huge marketing campaign to sell more clothes instead of trying to get on the map with this lawsuit. They don’t want their rights to be respected, they want plain hard cash. It will be better for them to try to associate with THE material girl

Lucifer on

Clearly these retail morons, didn’t consider that Mdadonna’s song preceded their ridiculous clothing line, and she should counter sue them, and shut them down for being morons.

Amanda on

It really boils down to who secured copyrights to use the term “Material Girl”. And Madonna didn’t even write the song; she only recorded it.

babs on

I think that unless she had trademarked the name first, she may be liable.

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