Last Kings Copyright Infringement Action 

 

Area: Copyright

Court: Central District of California Federal Court

Result: Confidential Settlement On The Verge Of Trial

Berger & Hipskind attorneys represented Glennon Marrero in a case about stolen artwork that was exploited to make millions of dollars for an emerging rap star and his retail partners, while the artist who created the copyrighted artwork was paid nothing.  Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson (now widely-known by his stage name "Tyga"), and his business partner Tarell Meeks, stole plaintiff Glennon Marrero's copyrighted designs, and in concert with fashion retailers Tilly’s, Inc. and Shiekh Shoes sold millions of dollars of merchandise featuring those designs.  Defendants Stevenson, Tilly’s, and Shiekh made millions in profits from these sales, while Marrero never received a penny. 

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Some Of The Hundreds Of Items Sold By Defendants That Featured The Copyrighted Pharaoh Head Design 

 Selected Case Documents 

 

In 2013, after demanding for months that he be compensated for the use of his designs, Marrero asked the Defendants to stop selling clothing bearing his designs.  The retailer Defendants (Tilly's and Shiekh Shoes) ignored him, continued to sell the infringing merchandise, and made themselves millions.  Meanwhile, Meeks told Marrero that he would need to sue if he hoped to receive compensation.

In 2013, after demanding for months that he be compensated for the use of his designs, Marrero asked the Defendants to stop selling clothing bearing his designs.  The retailer Defendants (Tilly's and Shiekh Shoes) ignored him, continued to sell the infringing merchandise, and made themselves millions.  Meanwhile, Meeks told Marrero that he would need to sue if he hoped to receive compensation.  Berger & Hipskind attorneys brought suit against Defendants and a month before trial reached a confidential settlement for their client Glennon Marrero.

Selection Of Press Coverage Of The Case

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