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Beyonce reaches settlement with Feyonce

By | Published on Tuesday 30 October 2018

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Beyonce has reportedly reached a settlement deal that brings to an end one of the more fun cases that has been rumbling its way through the pop courts of late.

The settlement is with novelty merch company Feyonce, which sells t-shirts and other items aimed at recently engaged Beyonce fans who can’t spell. The reported deal comes ahead of a court hearing that was due to take place later this week.

According to The Blast, Beyonce’s legal team have requested that the hearing scheduled for Thursday be adjourned. In a court submission, they said: “The parties have met and conferred regarding settlement and are currently involved in advanced negotiations that the parties anticipate will resolve this matter shortly”.

The singer sued the company back in 2016, claiming that Feyonce Inc was infringing her trademarks and confusing consumers, all the more so with the Feyonce products that also contain the line “he put a ring on it”. The plucky merch peddlers were involved in conduct that was “intentional, fraudulent, malicious, wilful and wanton”, her lawsuit declared.

Earlier this month, judge Alison Nathan refused to issue a permanent injunction stopping Feyonce Inc from selling Feyonce products. Nathan said that while Beyonce’s side had made some compelling arguments, she felt that the core dispute required proper consideration in court before a jury, and therefore a summary judgement in the pop star’s favour was not appropriate. She then urged both sides to meet to consider a possible settlement.

That has seemingly now happened, pending a final agreement. The two sides have said that they will inform the court of their plans by 15 Nov.



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