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article imageHells Angels sues T-shirt designer over slogan using its name

By Kev Hedges     Aug 27, 2011 in Business
An online fashion house retailer in Los Angeles, California has endured the wrath of the Hells Angels motorcycle club. The biker club has filed a lawsuit against Wildfox Couture and a number of other clothing retailers over a t-shirt bearing its name.
The women's T-shirt, a cotton hippie crew-neck tee, bears the slogan My Boyfriend's A Hells Angel. It sells online for £60 ($90) and the Californian-based designer is accused of "exploiting the fame" of the illustrious motorcycle club.
Attorney Fritz Clapp has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Hells Angels and he explained that "the club itself does not put ‘Hells Angels’ on shirts they sell to the general public". The Hells Angels, as with most motorcycle clubs have copyrights on their name and logo. The club's colours or patch, worn on the back of a vest, illustrates a white banner with red lettering - on the top of the back of the vest is HELLS ANGELS, and the bottom is the Charter's location. In the centred logo called the Deathhead, the small square with MC stands for Motorcycle Club. The Hells Angels are keen to point out they are not a gang but simply a motorcycle club.
Wildfox Couture was officially established in Silverlake area in 2006, reports CBS Los Angeles and so far has not responded to a request for comment on the lawsuit.
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