Hot damn, Diddy did it again.
Not everyone thinks Sean (Diddy) Combs rules.
The hip-hop star and entrepreneur has been hit with a lawsuit over the name of his “Empress” perfume for women.
Empress Hair Care is claiming Combs went ahead and stole the regal name for its Sean John scent, knowing full well he had no right to use the name, according to documents filed in a U.S. District Court in New York on Jan. 10.
In February 2010, Combs had reached out to the Texas-based company, asking if a deal could be worked out where he could use the Empress name. The hair-care company declined to do business with him for fear it would lead to market confusion.
Lawyers for Sean John attempted to trademark the name “Empress Sean John” but ran into similar problems.
The plaintiffs say Combs was undeterred and released the fragrance anyway, along with the contested name.
Empress Hair Care, which sells products for women of color, is crying foul and claiming infringement of a federally registered trademark and unfair competition.
MAC Cosmetics and Estee Lauder are also named in the lawsuit.
This seems like the kind of problem that should go away easily if Diddy just throws enough money at it. Riiiiight?