Business of Fashion, Fashion Law

Tyga’s Fashion Law Problems

Less than one month away from Kylie Jenner’s 18th birthday, Tyga will certainly remain a hot entertainment news topic. But from video vixen lawsuits to getting served during his Sheikh Shoes release event, Tyga has also been the subject of some lawsuits. Specifically, Tyga has fashion law problems.

Tyga's Last Kings' Filed Trademark

Tyga’s first fashion law woes

The first lawsuit against Tyga’s Last Kings brand was filed on December 18, 2013 by Glennon Marrero. Marrero, a graphic designer, accused Tyga of copyright infringement of his works, including a Pharaoh logo design (seen in the trademark above). Tyga countersued claiming Marrero agreed to create the designs in exchange for 25% of the company.

Tyga’s recent fashion law problems

Tyga’s latest fashion law case is with Chuon Gen Lee. Lee claims that in January 2013, she and Tyga agreed to partner on a clothing label titled Last Kings.

According to TMZ, Lee’s lawsuit documents allege that Tyga promised her an abundance of promotion and shelf space at Tilly’s, a California-based retail clothing chain.

Instead Tyga allegedly stole her clothing concept and partnered with someone else on a similarly named clothing brand: Egypt Kings. Lee is suing them both for $1.6 Million and damages.

I have not seen the complaint myself. Going off of TMZ and internet chatter is confusing. I will update when I get more information. What is apparent now is that Last Kings is the brand Tyga seems to currently be pushing–and this one is available at Tilly’s. Adding to the confusion of this case is the Last Kings LA flagship store. The store’s design includes an Egyptian-style tomb with a ceiling adorned with recreations of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescos.

Theft of concept is not a viable complaint

Mere ideas are not protected under intellectual property. What is of matter here is whether there was a partnership or breach of contract. And whether Tyga’s taking of over half a million dollars worth of Last Kings mercandise created an actionable matter.

Below you can see that the line seems as focused as the store described above.

In a partnership, both parties are equally entitled to funds unless otherwise agreed upon. To protect yourself when undergoing a similar situation you can 1) create an operating agreement and 2) incorporate as an LLC. Although an operating agreement may not be necessary, it can show you how well you and your potential partner will interact on business matters.

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