Rap legends Run-DMC sue Amazon, Walmart


Portrait of American hip-hop and rap group Run-DMC backstage at the Grammy Awards, New York, New York, March 2, 1987. Left to right, Joe Simmons (Run) Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay) (1965 – 2002), and Darryl McDaniels (DMC). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Members of the rap group Run-DMC are suing Amazon and Walmart for $50 million for trademark infringement.

The suit, filed Thursday in federal court in New York, accuses the retailers of manufacturing, marketing and selling products with the group’s trademarked name, including glasses, hats, T-shirts and wallets.

Run-DMC says in the suit that it has made $100 million on trademarked products over the years, including a $1.6 million sneaker deal with Adidas. “The brand is extremely valuable,” the suit said.

Neither Amazon nor Walmart had an immediate response to a request for comment.

Run-DMC was formed in Queens, N.Y., in 1981 by Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell. Mizell was shot and killed at his studio in 2002. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.


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