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Madonna Accused of 'Material Girl' Theft

8/19/2010 10:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A clothing company is taking legal action against Madonna, claiming the material girl has ripped off the "Material Girl" trademark.

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L.A. Triumph, Inc. claims in a new lawsuit it's been marketing "Material Girl" clothing since 1997, selling millions of bucks worth of threads under its trademark.

According to the documents, obtained by TMZ, Madonna, aka Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, has jacked the name "Material Girl" for her junior clothing line Material Girl Brand -- which launched this year.

L.A. Triumph wants a declaration from a federal judge that Madonna's use of "Material Girl" creates "deception" in the marketplace. 

In addition to the declaration, L.A. Triumph wants the judge to order Madonna and her company to turn over all of the profits they've made from their clothing line.

We've called Madonna's rep.  So far, no comment.


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222    

i think some guys should think twice when it says "she's not me, she's a copy machine"...

http://madonnarevelations.blogspot.com/

1462 days ago
62.

Dj SharK    

"In addition to the declaration, L.A. Triumph wants the judge to order Madonna and her company to turn over all of the profits they've made from their clothing line."

You're joking right? B*tch, get in line! Dumb ass wh0re trying to get an extra buck out of this. Get real!

1462 days ago
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OverPerezHilton    

Strange that this clothing line of madonna's has been in the news for a year now prior to launch, and this company decided to file suit AFTER the clothing line launched. You would think that if they cared so much, they would have said something to keep the line from launching if it was, indeed, not Madonna's to launch. Just greedy companies at their worst.

1462 days ago
64.

Criss    

Did the dummies from this company that have been using this ad since 97 even think to check to see if they might've been off by about 12 years?

1462 days ago
65.

neither of these two sluts    

Lets see they used the name in 1997...Madonna has been Material Girl since the 80's...who ripped off who ....I think this company is full of crap! Madonna should sue them, because we all relate that name to her and her song "Material Girl"!

1462 days ago
66.

djdeej94    

MADONNA wins! She's been using "material girl" since the 80s - this store can SUCK IT AND SHUT UP!

1462 days ago
67.

who dat    

As i said previously, "99% of you should refrain from commenting because you have no concept of the legal issues involved."

Learn how to read: "L.A. Triumph, Inc. claims in a new lawsuit it's been marketing "Material Girl" clothing since 1997, selling millions of bucks worth of threads under its trademark."

"Under it's Trademark". The USPTO (Patent and Trade Mark office) reviews all Trademarks. They won't issue two separate trademarks in conflict.

1462 days ago
68.

Useless    

"In addition to the declaration, L.A. Triumph wants the judge to order Madonna and her company to turn over all of the profits they've made from their clothing line. "

Now that's just dumb!

1462 days ago
69.

Zambonie    

I think this is really going to backfire on them
Madge has been the material girl since, what? the mid 80's?
Before this she might not have been aware of them

But now she is...

1462 days ago
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Double D    

HAHA! Too bad Material Girl is probably been trademarked by Madonna, if not, she had a hit single back in 80s to back that one up... They risk losing their name altogether... GOOD! For being greedy s.o.b.

1462 days ago
71.

dane    

umm, the company probably should of just kept quieted, because now they're going to lose and probably get counter sued. seems to me they've been making money off of madonna, not the other way around, because madonna has been known as "material girl" since the 80's. what a bunch of idiots.

1462 days ago
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MADONNA'S BITCH!    

Madonna id the Material Girl...Always has been, always will be! She's an incredibly smart businesswoman. Perhaps the smartest businesswoman of our time! She will not lose this fight! She will most likely make even more $$$ off of these idiots that think they can screw with her! Don't F@#k with MADGE!!!! She will destroy you!

1462 days ago
73.

Ziggy    

Well I hope Madonna loses. She turned a generation of young girls into (rhymes with putzs.) If this other company has been using the name for years, then I'm going to bet they get to keep it. Madonna should have spoken up sooner.

Posted at 6:40 PM on Aug 19, 2010 by Ging

Madonna didn't turn a generation of young girls into anything. Young girls have parents who are responsible for turning them into whatever they become. No public person, especially an entertainer is responsible for influencing your kids. Parents need to raise their own kids and stop blaming the people on tv.

1461 days ago
74.

understutter    

the term was a nickname used in the media, not a title or brand. And Madonna has made a career of infringing on others art/work in fact she has been sued and lost in Belgium for “Frozen”, for her “Hollywood” video and for “Swept Away”to mention only 3. This type of law suit against her using an-others “material” is a re-invention of past suits. Its got to suck for her kid, however. How Madonna thinks she is correct in making hundreds of millions on a charity imaging tour giving 6 million to orphans with Aidz in Africa and then purchasing herself a 40 million dollar loft in New York City and dishing out 70 m to a husband is beyond. But she’s very convincing at selling the caring image so people buy into it… She has made a career out of infringing on others livelihoods and work-and should have complained in the 90′s about “Material Girl”. This is her karma for ripping off artists for years and now it infects her daughter as well. Imagine that. I hope she wins to show how unoriginal Americans really are or care. And is it true a slew of songs she released were knock off's of others previous work, such as "Deep In Vogue" and "Like A Virgin"??? Supposedly Madonna is inspired by everyone elses original idea's- obviously her own creation or experience wasn't good enough....hiccup
is the church planning on suing her for using the title of Christs mother?????..she's so spiritual and yogalike.

1461 days ago
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MADONNA'S BITCH!    

This is for Understutter....Yes you're right...Her tour grossed over $200 million only because she put video of children with AIDS...That is how it is spelled by the way...AIDS..Obviously, you're not that bright. By the way...Do you know how many children did not die because of her $6 million? No? I didn't think so! The lawsuits you speak of...Nobody ever heard a thing about those...I think you must be pulling those out of your ass! By the way...What is Deep in Vogue? It's Vogue you idiot! Keep your trap shut...You're making a fool of yourself!!!! God Bless the U.S.A.

1461 days ago
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