NEW YORK – The rap group Run DMC has filed a $50 million lawsuit in New York accusing Wal-Mart, Amazon, Jet, and other retailers from the sale of products that are traded on the name of the group without permission.
The group says that the suspects are by the use of its name in the “production, advertising, promotion, marketing, sale and distribution of various products, including glasses, t-shirts and patches.”
It says that the retailers have been benefited, diluted and corrupted, the Run-DMC brand, which it says has led to more than $100 million in revenue since its inception in the 1980s.
The indictment was filed in the Southern District of New York on Thursday.
Run-DMC was founded in New York in 1981 by Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell.
Amazon and Wal-Mart, which also owns Jet, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.