Lady A Launches New Lawsuit Against Band Formerly Known as Lady Antebellum
Published Sep 16, 2020Lady A — the solo artist born Anita White — has filed a new lawsuit against the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum, who are now trying to also be called Lady A. The band Lady A filed a lawsuit against the singer Lady A earlier this year, at which point she accused them of being "partially woke." Now, she is taking her own battle to court.
The Seattle blues singer filed a countersuit against the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum late Tuesday (September 15), Rolling Stone reports. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court's Western District of Washington against band members Charles Kelley, David Haywood and Hillary Scott, alongside Lady A Entertainment, LLC.
The suit claims that White holds "nationwide common law rights in the trademark LADY A in connection with music and entertainment services in the nature of musical performances," and that her ownership predates "any rights in the LADY A mark allegedly owned by Lady Antebellum."
She is seeking unspecified damages and royalties, claiming that the band have caused her "lost sales, diminished brand identity, and diminution in the value of and goodwill associated with the mark."
The band had previously shared a Zoom call with Lady A, suggesting that they had amicably settled their differences. They then sued White, claiming that she was asking for $10 million USD to use the name.
Lady Antebellum had decided to drop the "Antebellum" from their name in the wake of the Black Lives Matter uprising. The name had been considered problematic due to its associations with the slavery era of the United States.
Lady A's full lawsuit is available below.