One Direction, U.K. boy band being sued by U.S. group with the same name
British boyband One Direction is being sued by an American group which claims they owned the name first.
The U.S. One Direction has filed a law suit, asking for a court order to force Simon Cowell’s X Factor UK-formed group to change its name, according to TMZ.
In the documents, the American band says it formed in 2009 – a year before Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson had even met.
The U.S. group also say it beat their British counterparts to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, filing a trademark application before them.
They are also suing Cowell’s record label and Sony Music for $1m in damages in the federal lawsuit filed on Monday in California Central District Court.
Cowell formed the group on the UK X Factor in 2010.
The boys had initially entered the competition as solo contenders.
The five-piece act have recently enjoyed American success, clocking up a No.1 with their debut album Up All Night.
The five-man California band, by contrast, has a much lower profile.
Led by singer and pianist Sean O’Leary, its members began making music at school and the group has played at local fairs and bars, according to their website.
One Direction’s spokesperson told Mail Online today: ‘There is a dispute with a local group in California about the ownership of the One Direction name in the US.
‘One Direction’s management tried to resolve the situation amicably when the matter first came to light, but the Californian group has now filed a law suit claiming they own the name. One Direction’s lawyers now have no choice but to defend the lawsuit and the band’s right to use their name.’
A Syco spokesperson declined to comment.
Meanwhile, around a dozen Australian fans required first aid after passing out as the band were interviewed in Sydney’s central business district on Wednesday morning local time, Fox News reports.
They had been due to perform at a radio station 2DayFM’s city centre venue but the location was changed amid security concerns. Instead they performed at the city’s Trackdown Studios.