Spin reported that 56 Hope Road — the company run by deceased reggae icon Bob Marley's children and widow Rita — filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts U.S. District Court against Louisiana-based chicken tender empire Raising Cane's.
Raising Cane's has used the slogan "One Love" on its promotional materials, from merchandise to menus to ads, since the early 2000s. The company trademarked the phrase.
"One Love" also happens to be one of the most popular songs of all time, on Marley's 1977 landmark album Exodus.
Hope Road also has used "One Love" on its merchandise — from T-shirts, hats and bumper stickers to college dorm decorations worldwide. The family has charged Raising Cane's with trademark infringement, among several other allegations related to the usage of "One Love" on the company's gear.
In a statement to Gambit, Todd Graves, founder of Raising Cane's, wrote that the company "denies the Marleys' allegations and will continue to defend our rights as we have done with the Marleys in related proceedings concerning the ONE LOVE mark before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board since 2010."
Graves said he has met with Cedella Marley "in a good faith attempt to reach a resolution regarding the Marleys desire to enter the restaurant space," though Graves said settlement offers were turned down.
"Raising Cane’s looks forward to proving our position in court, putting this matter behind us and continuing to pursue our ONE LOVE — serving our communities our quality chicken finger meals."
Graves signed the statement, "Founder, CEO, Fry Cook and Cashier" with a closing "ONE LOVE."
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