Fri October 18, 2013
Van Halen Sues Over Use Of Band's Name
Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 11:23 am
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DAVID GREENE, HOST:
Our last word in business today is: "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love."
It's a classic from Van Halen, a band that brings to mind blistering guitar solos and sold-out arenas.
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
But baby blankets and armoires, probably not. That's the gist of a lawsuit filed by the band against drummer Alex Van Halen's ex-wife.
GREENE: The rockers accuse Kelly Van Halen of exploiting her famous last name to promote her own interior design business and kids clothing line. The Kelly Van Halen Company sells a whole range of products that include ponchos and swimsuits, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
MONTAGNE: The band says her trademark is, quote, "confusingly similar to their own and dilutes the Van Halen brand.
GREENE: What are they saying? That leopard-patterned baby bath towels are not true rock 'n' roll? I don't know what they're talking about.
GREENE: This whole legal debate just makes me want to jump.
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MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.