BREAKING: Lady A and Anita White file joint motion, dismissing legal claims in name change lawsuit
The legal dispute between country trio Lady A, the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum, and blues singer Anita White, who performs as Lady A, has been settled.
According to court documents obtained by BillboardHillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and White filed a joint motion on Monday (January 31) to finally dismiss all claims and counterclaims against each other.
“The class dismisses all claims in this action against White with prejudice,” the court document read. “White dismisses with prejudice all counterclaims against the Band in this action.”
Details surrounding the settlement were not disclosed, including whether money was exchanged or whether either party should relinquish use of the Lady A name. However, it was made know that each party will cover their own legal costs, including all expenses and attorneys’ fees.
The GRAMMY-winning country trio changed their name from Lady Antebellum to Lady A in the summer of 2020 due to the racial connotations of the term “antebellum.”
The group explained that the change was triggered by “the injustices, inequalities and prejudices that black women and men have always faced and continue to face every day”. They then apologized for any ‘hurt this has caused’ to anyone and promised to donate to the Equal Justice Initiative through their long-running charity, Lady Aid.
Following the announcement, Anita “Lady A” White spoke with rolling stone about the trio’s name change, revealing that she was blindsided by the news.
“It’s my life,” she said. “Lady A is my brand, I’ve been using it for over 20 years and I’m proud of what I’ve done…. They use the name because of a Black Lives Matter incident which for them is just a moment in time…. It wouldn’t have taken George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference. »
Several days later, Lady A and White met via Zoom for a conversation which, according to social media, seemed to be going very well. According to Lady A’s statement, they even wrote a song together and hoped to collaborate in the future.
“We have had [a] today’s meeting, and we look forward to a mutually beneficial outcome. We are progressing,” said solo artist Lady A Billboard by email on June 15.
The lawsuit says the trio and the solo singer discussed a peaceful coexistence and that the trio would “support White’s musical career” going forward.
After those conversations, the band’s legal team drafted an agreement, which White apparently wasn’t happy with.
“Their camp is trying to erase me…. Trust is important, and I don’t trust them anymore,” the singer said. press day.
In July 2020, White reportedly demanded a $10 million payment from the band to allow them to continue using their Lady A brand name. At that time, the trio filed a lawsuit against White. They weren’t asking for any monetary compensation, but said they “just want the parties to continue to coexist.”
White then filed a countersuit against Scott, Kelley and Haywood, accusing them of trademark infringement and claiming that the name change was “undertaken with a willful disregard for Mrs. White’s rights”.
“The effect of the name change on Ms. White’s ability to distinguish her music in the marketplace was overwhelming,” White said at the time. “Internet and social media searches for ‘Lady A’, which had easily returned results for her music, were now dominated by references to Lady Antebellum. Mrs. White’s LADY A trademark had been spoofed and put on the path of erasure.
To view court documents, click HERE.
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