On September 15, 2020, singer and songwriter Lady A, who is born as Anita White, filed a counter lawsuit against the band Lady A. The legal notice was filed in the U.S. District Court’s Western District of Washington against Lady A Entertainment LLC and the band’s members.
The band that is formerly known as Lady Antebellum recently changed their name to Lady A, and the two parties have been feuding ever since. The “Need You Know” singers have got a lot to say and so does the other artist.
Anita White has been using the stage name ‘Lady A’ for 20 years now. And, the recent name change from the country band has set all of this on fire.
What Exactly Happened?
As a result of the George Floyd controversies in June 2020, the three-piece group which includes Hillary Scott, Charles Kelly, and Dave Haywood have changed their name. ‘Antebellum’ has been part of the group’s name for almost 15 years.
As a result of the correlation, the band from Nashville filed a trademark for their name “Lady A.” The group reportedly knew that there was a singer who had been using the same stage name for two decades but chose to ignore this. The two parties reportedly met and came to an agreement that would send a large sum of money to the ‘Next Time You See Me’ singer.
The Feud Continues..
If you thought things settled down there then, you have another thing coming. One month later the band decided to then sue the original Lady A for using their name. This led to a great deal of backlash against the band
Anita White has counter-sued the band alleging that she has “nationwide common law rights” to the Lady A trademark. Also, her use of it predates “any rights in the Lady A mark allegedly owned by Lady Antebellum.”
On the other side though, the ‘Take Me Back To Seattle’ singer had apparently asked for a $10 million settlement in exchange for letting them use the name.
The band has stated that they have been using the same nickname for years now. The original Lady A has declared that this “has overshadowed searches for her on social media and music services,” resulting in “lost sales, diminished brand identity, and diminution in the value of and goodwill associated with the mark.”
As this saga unfolds and continues to unravel, more drama seems to be the only guarantee. To know what happens next, stay locked on to indigomusic.com.
By: Aatira Kakroo