Bob Marley's estate Fifty-Six Hope Road is suing Raising Cane's for adopting
the phrase "One Love" as its trademark, and now the case will be
heard in Baton Rouge.
According to court documents, Attorneys for Cane's filed a motion January 14,
2014, asking the judge to transfer the case from Massachusetts to Baton Rouge.
The federal judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns, made his
decision on February 7, 2014.
Judge James Brady has been assigned the case.
The lawsuit was filed December 6 in Massachusetts. Bob Marley's estate is
run by Robert Nesta Marley's children and widow.
Raising Cane's is a restaurant headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with
locations in seven states.
According to Raising Cane's CEO and Founder Todd Graves, Raising Cane's
Chicken chain had trademarked the words "One Love" in conjunction
with its fried chicken menu in 2005.
Because of the Raising Cane's campaign, the estate says the US Patent and
Trademark Office actually denied its request to trademark "Marley One
Love" by the Marley estate.
The Marley's say that Cane's registered the use of the phrase without
consulting them and that the move to hijack the words was "willful and
The suit cites trademark infringement, false association, and trademark
dilution, cancellation of the trademark registrations, common law trademark
infringement, and intentional interference with advantageous business
The Marley estate has requested possible damages, plus attorney's fees, and
whatever profits the chain has made using the name.
Founder and CEO of Raising Cane's Chicken released the following statement
about the lawsuit:
Raising Cane's is a focused-menu restaurant concept serving customers
quality chicken finger meals quickly and conveniently. Raising Cane's has
used the ONE LOVE® mark in the Restaurant Services classification since as
early as 2001 without conflict. We serve one thing -- quality chicken
finger meals -- and strive to do it better than anyone else. It's our ONE LOVE.
Raising Cane's obtained a federal Trademark Registration for our ONE
LOVE mark for use in the Restaurant Services classification from the United
States Patent and Trademark Office in 2005.
Raising Cane's denies the Marleys' allegations and will continue to
defend our rights as we have done with the Marleys in related proceedings concerning
the ONE LOVE mark before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board since
2010. I met with Cedella Marley in a good faith attempt to
reach a resolution regarding the Marleys desire to enter the restaurant space.
Negotiations continued beyond that meeting with the Marleys ultimately
rejecting Raising Cane's last offer for settlement. Raising Cane's looks
forward to proving our position in court, putting this matter behind us and
continuing to pursue our ONE LOVE - serving our communities our quality chicken
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