The nation band Woman A – previously often known as Woman Antebellum – has settled its lawsuit in opposition to Seattle-based blues singer Anita White, whose stage identify can be Woman A.
On Monday, all events within the case filed a joint movement to dismiss.
“The band dismiss[es] all claims in this action against White with prejudice. White dismisses with prejudice all counterclaims against the Band in this action. Each party shall bear its own costs, expenses, and attorney’s fees,” the Tennessee courtroom submitting obtained by Every day Publish states.
The Grammy-winning group, comprised of members, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, modified its identify from Woman Antebellum to Woman A in the summertime of 2020 amid the Black Lives Matter motion.
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On the time, the members stated that the choice got here “after much personal reflection” and conversations with “closest black friends” as Antebellum refers to a time frame “which includes slavery.”
“The heart of our decision still rings true today as much as it did back in June when we made this announcement,” Scott later stated on the “Tamron Hall Show.”
She continued: “I mean we want our music, and our live shows and, you know, anything that we’re a part of, for everyone to feel welcome and invited. And we realized, you know, over the summer I think not touring and watching just this movement happen that is so needed in this country and around the world, we started to see what our part was, what part of our first steps and making a difference could be.”
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The identify change then sparked controversy, when White stated she had already been utilizing the identify for greater than twenty years. The nation trio took authorized motion, claiming White made “an attempt to enforce purported trademark rights in a mark that Plaintiffs have held for more than a decade.”
Moreover, the go well with alleged that White and her illustration “delivered a draft settlement agreement that included an exorbitant monetary demand.”
“Today we are sad to share that our sincere hope to join together with Anita White in unity and common purpose has ended,” stated an announcement from the band obtained by Every day Publish. “She and her team have demanded a $10 million payment, so reluctantly we have come to the conclusion that we need to ask a court to affirm our right to continue to use the name Lady A, a trademark we have held for many years.”
White then countersued.
“This is my life. Lady A is my brand, I’ve used it for over 20 years, and I’m proud of what I’ve done,” White stated in an interview with Rolling Stone on the time.
White continued: “This is too much right now. They’re using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment in time. If it mattered, it would have mattered to them before. It shouldn’t have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it.”
The singer went on to say that “it’s an opportunity for them to pretend they’re not racist or pretend this means something to them.”