Metallica Sue Perfume Maker

Metallica perfume creates more work for Metallica attorneys

December 12, 2000 12:00 AM ET

Metallica has turned their litigious guns on French perfume maker Guerlain, demanding that the century-old company rename "Metallica," its recently released "Special Edition" fragrance.

The band filed suit on Friday (Dec. 8) in the California Western Division of the U.S. District Court, the same one in which they filed suit against Victoria Secret, after the lingerie company manufactured a lip pencil also dubbed "Metallica" (Victoria's Secret settled with the band in January).

The vanilla-based scent, which is manufactured as a limited edition, has been in stores for the past two months and retails for $175 for eight ounces. According to Metallica's lawyer, Jill Pietrini, the band decided to take legal action after a letter (sent to the perfume company and its retailers Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, all named in the suit) insisting the company rename the product was ignored. "We sent a demand letter and haven't reached a resolution, so we had to sue," said Pietrini. "They are advertising the perfume on Web sites and on playbills in New York and we just can't have that."

According to Pietrini, the band is suing for trademark infringement, false designation of origin, dilution, unfair competition and injury to business reputation -- causing possible confusion in buyers who may believe that the band has sanctioned the product.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

More Song Stories entries »