Madonna and Lourdes Face Material Girl Lawsuit

Not even three weeks after Madonna and her daughter Lourdes launched their Material Girl clothing and accessories line via Macy’s, the designer-duo is dealing with some loose threads. L.A. Triumph, Inc. filed a suit in the California Central District court against Madonna last week.

The California-based clothing company said in its suit that it has been “continually selling similar clothes in similar retail outlets at similar price points under their Material Girl brand since at least 1997, and Madonna and her newfound company do not have the right to trade in the same space under this brand.” In addition, the company claims Madonna “improperly filed a United States Trademark Application for the Material Girl mark” in December 2009.

Most people know the phrase, "Material Girl," from Madonna's 1985 megahit off her sophomore album, Like A Virgin. And according to NBC’s Thread NY blog, a quick search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office shows that all listings for “Material Girl” prior to Madonna’s Macy’s line had been abandoned or cancelled.