GUNS N’ ROSES is showing an appetite for litigation over a beer.
The rock band has sued the Colorado brewery Oskar Blues, accusing it of trademark infringement for selling an ale named Guns ‘N’ Rosé without permission.
In a complaint filed on Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, Guns N’ Roses accused Oskar Blues of intentionally trading off its goodwill, prestige, and fame by selling Guns ‘N’ Rosé since early 2018, and confusing beer drinkers into thinking the band was connected with the ale.
Guns N’ Roses, whose general partners include singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan, also objected to sales of related goods including T-shirts, stickers, buttons, and bandannas, “an item uniquely associated” with the band and Rose. The band is seeking triple damages and a halt to sales of infringing products.
Oskar Blues is part of the Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective. The brewery, its outside law firm and Canarchy did not immediately respond on Friday to requests for comment.
According to court papers, Guns N’ Roses sued after Oskar Blues abandoned both its application to trademark “Guns N Rose” and any future use of that name or the band’s name, but said it would keep selling Guns ‘N’ Rosé beer through March 2020. — Reuters