More HA Trademark Suits

May 20, 2014

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The Hells Angels settled a couple of trademark infringement lawsuits this month. The one you have or will soon hear about is probably the least interesting of the two.

Gossip site TMZ has been reporting for a day that the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation settled its suit against a couple of corporations called 8732 Apparel, LLC and Dillard’s, Inc. The apparel company is part of the entrepreneurial empire of a rapper variously known as Jeezy and Young Jeezy. Fritz Clapp, an attorney who has long been associated with the motorcycle club, filed the suit last October in Sacramento after 8732 Apparel began selling a denim vest with a close approximation of the Angels’ death head on the back. Jeezy’s company was also selling tee shirts and baseball caps that featured the Angels logo.

The suit demanded that Jeezy stop it, that he pay Clapp’s fees, turn over any profits and “pay exemplary damages for fraud, malice and gross negligence.”

The terms of the settlement are confidential. TMZ reported that a ”biker source,” presumably Clapp, said the amount of the settlement was “at least enough for some beers for the boys.”

TMZ also reported “Jeezy’s rep says the rapper is happy with the settlement.”

In Oz

Meanwhile the more interesting, if largely unreported, settlement was in Australia where wearing Hells Angels colors – or Mongols, Rebels, Bandidos or Comanchero colors in a bar – can get you six months in jail.

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation of Australia successively sued the Gazal Corporation because it’s subsidiary, a company called Trade Secret, was selling tee-shirts that featured an image of a Hells Angel in colors and other tee-shirts that were meant to represent the colors of a fictitious club called the Journeymen. The Journeymen shirt also mimicked the Angels’ death head logo.

The settlement included a written apology by Gazal Corporation Director Richard Gazal who acknowledged that the Angels “considered these images offensive.” He also said, “Trade Secret would like to publicly acknowledge the Hells Angels’ intellectual property rights in its trade marks and the copyright in the images which are contained in those trade marks…. In selling and manufacturing the two T-shirt designs, Trade Secret did not intend to infringe the Hells Angels’ intellectual property rights or diminish its reputation and expresses regret for any offence taken by the Hells Angels as a result of that conduct.”

What seems ironic about the Australian suit is that for a few months in 2013 it was illegal for an Angel to wear his club’s colors but it was simultaneously legal for trendy hipsters to wear an approximation of them.

Defending The Patch

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, through the corporation that guards the club’s insignia, has been filing these suits for most of the last decade.

This is the second time the Australian Angels have sued Gazal. In 2009 the two corporations reached a settlement over a line of “Heaven’s Angels” tee-shirts.

The club also sued British fashion designer Alexander McQueen in 2010; MTV star Rob Dyrdek and his cousin Chris “Drama” Pfaff in 2012; and Toys R Us and yo-yo maker Yomega in 2012. Terms of none of the settlements has ever been disclosed. However Yomega continued to sell the yo-yos the club found offensive online after that settlement was reached.


8 Responses to “More HA Trademark Suits”

  1. Sled head14 Says:

    A few years back I was in China as a tourist. The land of counterfeiting industry. They have managed to counterfeit just about everything GUCCI bags to BMW cars and Caterpillar bulldozers. While going through a market in the city of Wuhan I came across all kinds of knock off crap and even stumbled on a shop selling patches of all kinds including HA, Mongols and Vagos stuff. So basically some Chinese kid could theroracticlly buy one of these patches sew it on their jacket and ride around China as a fashion statement. Still being a Communist country I don’t think one can actually put together a real motorcycle club but there’s no stopping them from wearing these patches as a fashion thing. In other booths there were t-shirts and ball caps that included the names of all kinds of MCs Not just support shirts but actual names of HA, Mongols, Vagos, Outlaws, etc. And get this, HA action figures! With the words clearly saying Hells Angels with the symbolic death head on the packaging. I have to say I have not yet seen any of these in any toy stores here in the States. I should’ve bought one and brought one home to show it to the members of a local chapter here.

  2. Damned1976 Says:

    A clothing chain called top man here in the uk sell shirts for a fictional club in black and white colours with a one percenter diamond on it, noticed this because some pop punk kid was in my tattoo studio wearing one, asked him who the club was he was with, he had no idea what I was talking about.

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  4. ghost Says:

    a member of management at my job came to work wearing a t-shirt that was red and white and said filthy few choppers.. I couldn’t believe it, when I asked him where he got it he said he spilled coffee on his shirt on the way to work and stopped by a Wal-Mart that is near by and bought it for five dollars… I laughed and told him what it meant and to google it, he about shit himself, I advised that he go home and put it away and not wear it in public which he was more than happy to do… the sad part is that Wal-Mart is selling red and white t-shirts that say filthy few choppers for five dollars

  5. Vikingtrotter Says:

    One of my relatives was in Norway visiting relatives. He is leaving his hotel this morning and whats infront of him? Two columns of Norway’s HA in all their glory. He said it was a very long line. The photos he took were prett cool. I wonder what the occasion was.

  6. skinny denny Says:

    Have there been any reported patch pullings involving Jizzy’s vests yet?
    Can you imagine some moron wearing one of these in Oakland or Berdoo? I wonder how much beer the settlement bought. Run to the Wall this weekend! Stay safe and thanks for your service! If you happen to roll through Colorado enjoy the “new law”! State’s rights rule! F.T.F. and all the alphabet agencies!

  7. skinny denny Says:

    Leave it to some talentless “rapper” to steal someone else’s idea. These morons like Jizzy E don’t have have one original thought between their ears. I could never understand white people listening to this mindless crap.

  8. jj solari Says:

    “Render unto Walt Disney Corp. and the Hells Angels the things that are Walt Disney Corps’ and the Hells Angels’ and to God the things that are God’s.”_____Diplodocus, Knit 1, Pearl 2, Sarcophagus Pull Pin, Count Ten.

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