(CelebrityAccess) Ruby Tuesday is suing Ruby Tuesday, a lawsuit between a restaurant chain and a band.
Ruby Tuesday, the restaurant, is suing what is considered a rather poor band of the same name for $2 million.
“While many artists pay tribute to other artists through imitation, when it comes to imitating famous trademarks, only Ruby Tuesday is entitled to the goodwill of its mark,” the letter from Ruby Tuesday’s law firm, Mintz Levin, said, according to Vice. “In fact, the knowing adoption of a mark intending to play off a well-established mark is among the most egregious of trademark violations, warranting courts to apply the harshest of consequences.”
What may be lost in this is how the name Ruby Tuesday was created, through a Rolling Stones song, that was apparently inspired by Keith Richards’ girlfriend Linda Keith.
“We definitely have no plans of destroying and handing over our merchandise,” the band told Vice. “If they want we are willing to give them a copy of a CD to play in one of the restaurants for $30 plus [a] shipping fee.”
Ruby Tuesday, the band, has apparently retained an attorney to fight the lawsuit.
“We can’t [afford a lawsuit] however, our opinion there is no case here,” the band said. “We had never heard about the restaurant chain before this. We got our name from the Rolling Stones song, as did they. They are selling burgers and we are making original music it is no way derivative or an attempt to cash in on their market.”