Hip-hop entrepreneur Percy Miller might be glad he only occasionally goes by the nom de plume Master P these days. A new lawsuit alleges he isn’t exactly the master of that particular letter.
Pepe Jeans London LLC has accused the rapper, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and manufacturer Happy Nation Inc. of trademark infringement for the use of the letter P in the logo for his P. Miller clothing line.
According to documents filed in federal court in Manhattan on Sept. 26, the logo infringes on the Pepe Jeans P logo, a stylized P enclosed in a circle. The complaint also alleges the logo’s placement on the hangtags infringes on Pepe’s tradition of displaying its P mark on a round plastic tab halfway down the tags of its merchandise.
The rapper brought the P. Miller line to Wal-Mart earlier this year. His son, the recording artist Romeo, also endorses the low-priced urbanwear collection.
Pepe and its co-plaintiff and licensee Jean Design Ltd. are seeking an injunction against the use of the logo, all profits and damages that ensued from infringing activities, legal fees and unspecified damages.
A representative from Wal-Mart said the company had not yet been served with the suit, but that it would review the case and respond appropriately. Miller’s attorney of record did not return a call seeking comment, nor did a representative for Happy Nation.