Newswire: It’s like that: Run-D.M.C. is suing Walmart and Amazon for ripping off its brand

Billboard reports that the surviving members of influential hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. have launched a lawsuit against online retailers Walmart, Amazon, and Jet, as well as a number of clothing production companies, for allegedly being illin’ in the form of selling merchandise marketed with the band’s name and branding without its consent. The $50 million suit claims that retailers have been selling items featuring the band’s logo, as well as Run-D.M.C.-inspired items—like the band’s distinctive square-framed glasses and fedoras—that use the group’s name in their marketing.

A quick search of Amazon and Jet (which is owned by Walmart) brings up a number of items matching the suit’s description, including T-shirts and glasses that all use the band’s name in their descriptions. It’s tricky to tell which, if any, of these items—sold by third-parties via the online …

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