Singer Ariana Grande is asking for $10m (£eight.3m) in damages from Perpetually 21, saying the retailer “stole her title” to advertise its clothes and wonder merchandise.
She mentioned the agency printed a minimum of 30 “unauthorised” photos and movies that urged she had endorsed the model.
It additionally employed a mannequin with an “uncanny” resemblance to Ms Grande for a few of its social media posts, she mentioned.
Her lawsuit comes after a breakdown in talks over a joint advertising and marketing marketing campaign.
Ms Grande mentioned the agency, which has shops in additional than 50 international locations world wide, approached her in 2018 about endorsement.
Nonetheless, she mentioned talks broke down as a result of “the quantities that Perpetually 21 supplied to pay for the proper to make use of Ms Grande’s title and likeness have been inadequate for an artist of her stature.”
“Quite than pay for that proper because the regulation requires, defendants merely stole it,” she mentioned within the criticism, which was filed in federal court docket in California.
The “deceptive marketing campaign” occurred primarily in January and February of 2019, earlier than the discharge of Ms Grande’s album, ‘Thank U, Subsequent’, in accordance with the go well with.
Ms Grande is a Grammy Award winner and best-selling singer. She additionally has greater than 200 million followers on Instagram and Twitter.
Billboard named her “Girl of the 12 months” in 2018 after she raised $29m for victims of the Manchester suicide bombing assault, the lawsuit mentioned.
Ms Grande is one among a protracted line of celebrities to sue over emblems.
For instance, in July, Kim Kardashian-West received $2.7m in damages after accusing style model Missguided USA of ripping off her outfits and utilizing her title to promote garments.
John Coldham, a companion at regulation agency Gowling WLG, mentioned the Ariana Grande case “ought to act as a stark warning to model house owners to be very cautious about utilizing celeb photos and guaranteeing they don’t seem to be implying an endorsement.”
Perpetually 21 didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.