Kevin Hart and the founder of Laugh Out Loud Productions have settled their differences after the latter accused the comedian of infringing his patented LOL brand.
Scott Montoya filed a lawsuit claiming Hart applied for various trademarks for “Laugh Out Loud” in 2016 even though Montoya’s brand, which distributed stand-up comedy content and various platforms, was already established and had been “seen by tens of millions of people over the past 8 years,” as noted by The Blast. Montoya claimed Hart began buying domains and intellectual properties related to “LOL,” hindering his business and filed an injunction.
Montoya dismissed all claims against Hart and his companies Oct. 16, according to The Blast, noting that the parties had reached an agreement and will pay their own legal bills.
Sources said one of the defendants, Lionsgate, gave some money, paid through insurance, to Montoya as part of the settlement.