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Madonna's Material Girl Being Sued for Trademark Theft

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    Forget a copycat tank top, Madonna's Material Girl line for Macy's is now being sued for theft of the Material Girl trademark, by an LA-based clothing company of the same name.

    According to TMZ, LA Triumph, Inc. wants a federal judge to declare Madonna's Material Girl collection "creates 'deception' in the marketplace" as LA Triumph's Material Girl has been producing women's clothing since 1997.

    We're no experts when it comes to trademark laws, but a quick search of the United States Patent and Trademark Office shows that all listings for "Material Girl" prior to Madonna's line for Macy's had been abandoned or canceled. Again, we could be misreading or simply missing informaiton, but that doesn't seem to give much legs to this case. We also wondered if those who wrote the lyrics to the 1985 song, Material Girl, own the term in the first place? Talk about a material world!

    Obviously, the plaintiffs want money, too, filing for all profits the Macy's line has received since launch, which we assume is a pretty hefty sum. We're doubtful they'll get all they're asking for, but stranger settlements have happened in the past.