Singer Taylor Swift has settled a trademark infringement lawsuit that was filed against her in May 2014. You may recall that Southern California-based apparel brand Lucky 13, filed suit against Swift in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claiming that Swift and her companies (Taylor Nation, Taylor Swift Productions, Swift Merchandising and TAS Rights Management) violated its federally registered trademarks by using "Lucky 13" on t-shirts and in connection with an online contest.
Lucky 13, which was founded in 1991 by Bobby Kloetzly and which currently stocks in the U.S., as well as internationally, alleged in its lawsuit that Swift's image (most specifically, Swift's "permanent or temporary tattoos and her marketing herself as liking fast cars and dangerous men who drive them inappropriately, as demonstrated by her 'I Knew You Were Trouble' music video"), "undeniably and squarely fits within the exact consumer demographic to whom Lucky 13 markets and sells its LUCKY 13 Goods." Moreover, Kloetzly alleges that "Swift's conduct has been and will continue to be malicious, fraudulent, deliberate, willful, intentional, and in disregard of Plaintiffs' intellectual property rights."
Well, as of this week, Swift and her camp settled the suit, before its January 2016 trial date. While the amount of money Swift’s camp paid to Kloetzly to settle has not been disclosed, we do know that the settlement allows Swift to avoid giving a deposition, which was a point of contention between the two parties. Swift had avoided giving a deposition (a sworn out-of-court oral testimony, which consists of the witness responding to questions posed by the other party’s counsel and which is recorded and used as evidence in the case), claiming "harassment," as well as a busy tour schedule. However, in August, a California federal judge ruled that Swift must submit to a deposition that's expected to cover her brand image and knowledge of trademarks.
Still on Swift’s plate: the lawsuit that R&B artist Jessie Graham filed early this month alleging that Swift stole 92% of the lyrics of her song “Shake it Off” from his previously-released song, “Haters Gone Hate.”