Hells Angels sue Amazon over trademarks

Aug. 24, 2011 at 2:40 PM

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The Hells Angels said they filed suit in U.S. District Court over Amazon.com's sale of T-shirts that allegedly infringe on the motorcycle club's trademarks.

The club filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco over the sale of a T-shirt produced by Hollywood fashion house Wildfox that reads, "My boyfriend's a Hells Angel" on the front with a pair of wings on the back, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

"We bring these lawsuits from time to time not just to punish but to educate," Hells Angels' attorney Fritz Clapp said. "Somebody thought erroneously that Hells Angels is a generic term."

The club has filed suits against Disney, Marvel Comics and Alexander McQueen to successfully protect its brand, the newspaper said.

"Getting this stuff off the market is our highest priority," Clapp said. "Hells Angels is a membership mark, and it denotes membership in the organization. Even the Hells Angels do not put it on T-shirts they sell to the public."

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