News

Van Halen brothers sue drummer’s ex over name

Van Halen brothers sue drummer’s ex over name

WHAT'S IN A NAME? ´╗┐´╗┐David Lee Roth, left, Alex Van Halen, top, and Eddie Van Halen of the band Van Halen perform. Photo: Associated Press/Chris Pizzello/Invision

Eddie Van Halen and his bandmate brother Alex are suing the drummer’s ex-wife for using her famous married name in a new business venture.

The rockers claim Kelly Van Halen’s construction and interior design company dilutes the band’s brand and creates unfair competition.

Kelly and Alex divorced in 1996 after 12 years of marriage but she kept her name from the union, and now her ex-husband and former brother-in-law are taking her to court in California over her moniker.

In the brothers’ lawsuit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Kelly is said to have filed two trademark applications under her name for products like chairs, children’s blankets and interior design services.

They claim her name is “confusingly similar to Plaintiff’s Van Halen marks in sound, appearance and commercial impression.”

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment, Viral Videos

WATCH: ‘Star Wars’ awakens force with teaser trailer

17-overlay2

"There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?"

in Music

This week’s top rock tracks

foofighters

LISTEN: This week's top rock songs, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Weird

Cops to lady: Ma’am, you dropped your drugs

arrest

A woman being cited for public drunkenness accidentally dropped a baggie of crack cocaine on the police station floor.

in Black Friday, Viral Videos

Black Friday facts that will make you think twice

22-overlay2

Before you wait in line for doorbuster deals, check out these Black Friday facts.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: ‘Friends of the Galaxy’ mashup

24-overlay2

If "Guardians of the Galaxy" was set to the "Friends" theme.