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One Direction Suit

One Direction Suit

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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTCENTRALDISTRICTOFCALIFORNIA,WESTERNDIVISION
COMPLAINTFOR:FALSEDESIGNATIONOFORIGINANDCOMMONLAWUNFAIRCOMPETITIONJURYTRIALDEMANDED
COMPLAINT
 
1PlaintiffOneDirectionLLC("Plaintiff')allegesasfollows:2
NATUREOFTHEACTION
31.Thepresentcaseisanactionfortrademarkinfringement,concerning4thetrademark
OneDirection
(the"Mark"),asusedbyaperformingmusicalgroup.5ACalifornia-based,pop-rockband(the"CaliforniaBand")wasthefirsttousethe6Markanywhereintheworld.TheCaliforniaBandfirstusedtheMarkinthefallof72009.TheCaliforniaBandhasusedtheMarkcontinuouslyincommerceinthe8UnitedStatessincethefallof2009.TheCaliforniaBandhasperformedconcerts9undertheMarkintheUnitedStates.TheCaliforniaBandhashadaFacebookpage10featuringtheMarksinceNovember2010.TheCaliforniaBandhasawebpage11featuringtheMark.TheCaliforniaBandhaspostedseveralmusicvideosonthe12internet,includingonYouTube,featuringtheMark.TheCaliforniaBandreleased13itsfirstalbumundertheMark,titled"TheLight",inFebruary2011."TheLight"14hasbeendistributedinvariousmediasincethattime,includingiTunes.The15CaliforniaBandhascompleteditssecondalbum,titled
UnchartedShores,
andhas16releasedseveralsinglesfromthatalbum.Plaintiffisaholdingcompanythatowns17therightstotheMarkonbehalfoftheCaliforniaBand.Plaintiffhasanapplication18pendingtoregistertheMarkontheprincipalregisteroftheUnitedStatesPatentand19TrademarkOffice.2.Oninformationandbelief,UnitedKingdomresidentsNiallHoran,21ZaynMalik,LiamPayne,HarryStylesandLouisTomlinsonauditionedassolo22artistsfortheseventhseasonoftheUnitedKingdomtelevisionshow"TheX23Factor".Althoughnoneofthoseindividualswasselectedtocontinuethe24competitionasasoloartist,oneormoreoftheshow'sjudgessuggestedthesingers25combinetoformamusicalgroup(the"UKGroup").Theydidso.TheUKGroup26adoptedthename
OneDirection-
theexactsamenameastheCaliforniaBand.On27informationandbelief,theUKGroupfirstusedtheMarkinOctober2010-about28oneyearaftertheCaliforniaBandfirstusedtheMark.InitiallytheUKGroupused
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COMPLAINT
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1theMarkexclusivelyintheUnitedKingdominconnectionwiththeensuing2episodesofTheXFactor.Aftertheshowended,theUKGroupcontinuedto3performundertheMarkintheUnitedKingdomandEurope,butnotintheUnited4States.Oninformationandbelief,theUKGroupreleaseditsfirstsinglein5September2011,intheUnitedKingdom.63.TheUKGroupmadeitsfirstentryintotheUnitedStatesmarketin7February2012.Atthattime,theUKGroupreleasedanalbumintheUnitedStates8andperformedliveinseveralcitiesintheUnitedStates.94.TheUKGroup'suseoftheidenticalmark
OneDirection
hascaused10andwillcontinuetocausesubstantialconfusionandsubstantialdamageto11Plaintiffsgoodwill.Plaintiffhasthereforefiledthisactiontoprotectitsrights.12JURISDICTIONANDVENUE13ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverthisactionpursuantto28U.S.C.§§.141331and1338inthataclaimassertedhereinarisesundertheLanhamAct,1515U.S.C.§1121
etseq.
ThisCourthasjurisdictionovertherelatedstateclaimunder1628U.S.C.§1367(a).17VenueisproperinthisCourtpursuantto28U.S.C.§1391(b),asa.18substantialpartoftheeventsoromissionsgivingrisetotheclaimsassertedherein19occurredwithinthisdistrict.2021THEPARTIES7.PlaintiffisaCalifornialimitedliabilitycompanywithitsprincipal22placeofbusinessintheCountyofSanBenito,California.238.Uponinformationandbelief,defendantSycoEntertainmentInc.24("Syco")isaDelawarecorporationwithofficesinNewYork,NewYorkandLos25Angeles,California.Uponinformationandbelief,Sycoisajointventurebetween26SimonCowellandSonyMusicEntertainmentand/orSonyMusicHoldingsInc.On27informationandbelief,theUKGrouphasarecordingcontractwithSyco.28
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