Run-DMC saw what happened to the Cold Crush, and isn’t having it. The seminal Hip-Hop group is suing Walmart and Amanon for $50M after the retailers blatantly ripped off and sold goods utilizing their logo, and didn’t offer them a dime or ask for permission.
The Run-DMC brand has filed a lawsuit that says the mega retailers are advertising, selling, manufacturing, promoting and distributing multiple products with the logo, making people believe the group is behind the merch.
According to the lawsuit, the products include glasses, hats, t-shirts, patches, wallets and numerous other items. Run-DMC claims the giant retailers have been in bed for years with several other companies — which it’s also suing — for straight-up stealing the logo.
Run-DMC says its logo is incredibly valuable, pointing to a $1.6 million agreement with Adidas. And that’s why Run-DMC’s asking for $50 million in damages.
Either Run-DMC is about to get another source of steady income, or Walmart and Amazon are coming off that dough.
Besides adidas, another brand with legit ties to Run-DMC is Fanatics, and they recently launched the RUN-CTY clothing line.