Ozzy Osbourne was on the receiving end of a trademark infringement lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday (May 28), accusing the rocker of stealing an idea for a T-shirt.
T-Shirt Hell, Inc., is claiming its T-shirt design reading "Fuck My Family I'm Moving in with the Osbournes" has been ripped off by the Osbournes on a T-shirt that reads, *&@# My Family! I'm Moving in with … The Osbourne Family."
According to the suit, Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment placed an order for $500 worth of T-Shirt Hell's Osbourne T-shirt design in mid-March and turned around and licensed the aboveforementioned similar T-shirt design through Signatures Network, Monolith Ltd. Corp., Hot Topics, Inc., and Lexitrends, Inc., in May.
The suit reads, in part, "After May 15, 2002, and continuously since about May 1, 2002, defendants have been manufacturing, distributing, and merchandising and otherwise marketing the above mentioned trademark of T-Shirt Hell, Inc., and has thereby been engaging in unfair competition and created a likeness, confusion, false impression, and false and misleading representation against plaintiff to plaintiff's irreparable damage."
T-Shirt Hell is suing Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Epic Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Signature Network, Monolith, Hot Topics, and Lexitrends for trademark infringement for an amount to be determined in court.
In related Osbourne news, MTV announced on Wednesday (May 29) that it has come to an agreement with Ozzy and family to air 20 new episodes of The Osbournes beginning in the fall.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but rumors have been swirling in the industry for weeks that the payout for the Osbourne family could hit $20 million –- a hefty raise from the $200,000 the family earned for the first season.