Joan Jett And Hot Topic Settle

Joan Jett and her Blackheart Records have reportedly settled a federal trademark lawsuit against Hot Topic.

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A judge approved a joint motion from Blackheart Records and Hot Topic to end the suit May 12.

Blackheart sued the shopping mall retailer last summer, claiming Hot Topic was selling a new lingerie line that used the “Blackheart” name without permission and the plaintiff was also upset with the lingerie’s tagline, “Lingerie for Girls Who Rock & Roll.”

Jett’s style is so well known that her black heart symbol associated with Blackheart Records has been a federally registered trademark since 1985, according to the complaint.

Blackheart Records was selling its own apparel, jewelry and accessories when it was approached by Hot Topic in 2010 and was taken aback when the retailer emerged with its own, similar line of merchandising, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Hot Topic said at the time it “takes the rights of artists very seriously” and had compensated Jett over the years “with mutually agreed-upon license agreements for the sale of tee shirts featuring her image.”