Sister Sledge Band Dispute – Trademark

The Sister Sledge hit “We Are Family” is beginning to sound more like “We Are Dysfunctional Family.”

Ex-member Kathy Sledge has been touring Australia under the name “Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge.”  Three of the original Sister Sledge members are also performing together and toured in Europe.

Are consumers confused? The lawsuit, filed by Sister Sledge, LLC against Kathy Sledge and numerous other defendants, includes fan generated online comments  with fans wondering why the whole group isn’t touring together and why Kathy Sledge is touring with back up singers and not her “sisters.”

Kathy Sledge left the group twenty-five years ago.  The lawsuit alleges she has repeatedly booked tour dates claiming she is the only remaining member of the group.

The US trademark registration for Sister Sledge is owned by Sister Sledge, LLC.

About Tamera Bennett

Tamera Bennett, nicknamed by her clients as the IP quarterback, develops strategies to protect and leverage each client's intellectual property. She works closely with her clients to implement customized brand management programs. Her clients range from rock star to leadership coach and financial guru to custom motorcycle designer. Prepared with an undergraduate degree in Recording Industry Studies and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Tamera represents clients throughout Texas and Tennessee in entertainment, trademark and copyright law related matters View all posts by Tamera Bennett

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