Seattle blues singer Anita White, who acts as Lady A, has countered the country band formerly known as Lady Antebellum, Rolling stone reports. White seeks damages and music rights not specified in the lawsuit for trademark infringement and unfair competition. The complaint cites “loss of sales, decreased brand identity and decreased value and goodwill associated with the brand.” Below you will find the complete demand.
On July 8, the gang sued White, alleging that he had demanded $ 10 million from them and that they needed to “ask a court to assert our right to continue using Lady A.’s name.” White responded in an interview with Vulture, saying the band had rejected several of its other engagement proposals and hoped to distribute the $ 10 million evenly among its own rebranding and funding efforts to support other black artists.
On June 11, the country’s trio announced that they were leaving “Antebellum” of their name due to the association of the word with slavery in the United States, through Lady A. They had not consulted White, a black woman who has performed and recorded under the name Lady A for over 20 years. “They’re using the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident that, for them, is just a moment. If it was important, they would have cared about it sooner,” he said.