ST. LOUIS — Sportswear manufacturer Leggoons Inc. has filed a $50 million lawsuit against Yoko Ono, the wife of the late John Lennon, and Bag One Arts Inc., which represents the estate of the former Beatle, charging them with fraud in connection with an alleged exclusive licensing deal.
Leggoons said it signed a contract in August 1993 with Bag One for an exclusive license to use Lennon’s picture, his signature and his drawings on clothing but found out soon after that Bag One had signed “similar licensing agreements with other companies for the same pictures, artwork and signature.”
The suit, filed in St. Louis Federal Court, seeks more than $1 million in actual damages and $50 million in punitive damages.
Lynne Clifford, director of Bag One, said she had not yet seen the lawsuit and therefore couldn’t comment. She said, though, that Bag One has “very few licensing deals in existence right now and no others in apparel in the U.S.”
Leggoons, based in Vandalia, Mo., went public in November 1993. A large part of its pitch to the investment community was based on its three-year “exclusive agreement” with Bag One. The deal covered men’s, women’s, boys’ and girls’ swimwear, sportswear, outerwear and accessories. — Fairchild News Service