Hailey Bieber is facing a trademark lawsuit against her new beauty company.
Documents show her firm Rhode – taken from her middle name – is facing a claim from clothing company RHODE, which says the model’s launch on June 15 was “trademark-infringing” and will “quickly swamp” their “market presence” and “confuse the marketplace and ultimately destroy the goodwill and reputation of the RHODE brand”.
Clothing and lifestyle brand RHODE was co-founded in 2014 by Purna Khatau and Phoebe Vickers, and its items have been worn by famous faces including Beyoncé and Lupita Nyong’o.
Documents obtained by ‘Entertainment Tonight’ show Khatau and Vickers argue 25-year-old Bieber’s skincare range Rhode is built upon her “already immense celebrity status and massive fan following”.
The entrepreneurs also claim she “previously sought to acquire the RHODE mark, appreciating that the brands could not coexist without confusion”.
But their lawsuit said “given the sacrifices they had made to build the brand, Khatau and Vickers refused”.
They are asking a court to stop Bieber using the trademarked name Rhode for her products.
The pair also want the destruction of all its marketing materials as well as the recall of the Rhode product line.
And Bieber is facing calls to report all profits made from Rhode so RHODE can be compensated for legal fees and damages.
Khatau and Vickers are also asking for the case to go to trial and said in an Instagram statement: “Nine years ago, we quit our jobs and founded RHODE out of our apartment, creating a fashion company from nothing. We’re two women entrepreneurs who met in college, built the RHODE brand, and put years of hard work into our minority co-owned company.
“Today, we were forced to file a lawsuit against Hailey Bieber and her new skin-care line that launched last week and that is using the brand ‘rhode’.
“We didn’t want to file this lawsuit, but we had to in order to protect our business.”
Bieber – who is coping with her recovery from a mini-stroke and her 28-year-old husband Justin Bieber’s battle with facial paralysis due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome – has yet to publicly comment on the lawsuit.
Originally published at www.femalefirst.co.uk