Pop Icon Or Imitator? Madonna Sued For Allegedly Stealing ‘Hard Candy’ Name

Madonna is often called pop culture’s great influencer. But according to beauty and fashion brand Hard Candy, the superstar maliciously swiped their name in order to hawk fitness DVDs and apparel.

The Florida company, founded in 1995, filed a lawsuit in federal court for trademark infringement and unfair competition, claiming the mogul mom, 55, began selling her goods under the Hard Candy name in 2011 — despite a previous rejection from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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“Defendants’ actions have caused and will cause Hard Candy, LLC irreparable harm for which money damages and other legal remedies are inadequate,” federal court papers state. “Unless Defendants are restrained by this Court, Defendants will continue and/or expand the improper activities alleged in this Complaint and otherwise continue to cause great and irreparable harm and injury to Hard Candy, LLC.”

Though Hard Candy is also suing Madonna’s longtime manager, Guy Oseary, they claim the controversial singer “is the driving force behind the infringing activity, taking credit herself for the initial selection and subsequent expansion,” the documents continue.

The company is seeking financial damages, and for the star to cease using their name completely.

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Can You Guess The Five Musical Acts Who’ve Made A Billion Dollars Touring Since 1990?

Madonna Performs At Wembley Stadium 1990
Madonna may not be the Mother of Dragons, but she’s certainly the Queen of Touring. According to Billboard, she’s one of five artists/bands to earn more than a billion dollars in touring since 1990, and the only woman. The rest of the top-five: the Rolling Stones, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and Bon Jovi. (The only post-1990 album I listen to from that quartet is U2′s All That You Can’t Leave Behind — it’s good to be a legacy act.) If you’re wondering where someone like Paul McCartney is, he’s only played 220 shows in the past 24 years, or fewer than half the times the Stones have wheezed out “Satisfaction.”

1. The Rolling Stones
Gross: $1,565,792,382
Attendance: 19,677,569
Shows: 538

2. U2
Gross: $1,514,979,793
Attendance: 20,536,168
Shows: 526

3. Bruce Springsteen
Gross: $1,196,116,507
Attendance: 15,010,773
Shows: 727

4. Madonna
Gross: $1,140,230,941
Attendance: 9,694,079
Shows: 382

5. Bon Jovi
Gross: $1,030,082,884
Attendance: 12,333,668
Shows: 578

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