Taylor Swift settles “Lucky 13” trademark lawsuit out of court

Taylor Swift has ended a legal battle with a Californian clothing company over use of the trademarked phrase “Lucky 13”.

As any Swifty knows, Taylor’s favourite number is 13 – there are numerous reasons for it according to taylorswift.wikia.com ranging from her birthday to song titles – and the pop star accordingly sold t-shirts and greeting cards bearing the phrase “Lucky 13” alongside a four leaf clover design.

Robert Kloetzly, boss of a clothing company called Blue Sphere which was already selling apparel with “Lucky 13” prints, accused Taylor of infringing on his copyright back in May 2014 after he became aware of Swift’s merchandise.

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Left: Blue Sphere design. Right: Taylor Swift design.

In August, a judge ordered Taylor to submit a legal deposition ahead of going to trial, but as of last Friday the two parties reached a confidential settlement over the case.

Prior to this settlement, Team Taylor filed court papers stating that Kloetzly’s legal team were harassing Swift in their pursuit of information and documents relating to her business deals with the likes of Coca Cola, Elizabeth Arden, Proctor & Gamble and Papa John’s.

All claims have now been resolved with Swift being represented by J. Douglas Baldridge at Venable and Blue Sphere by Gary Rinkerman at Drinker Biddle & Reath.

However, Taylor Swift is not totally out of the legal woods as she is currently being sued for plagiarised lyrics.


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