A British indie band is being sued by the owner of easyJet over their name.
The Leicester company Easy Life informed its fan base about the bizarre legal caseand admits that it’s “something they never thought they’d have to do.”
EasyGroup – the holding group that licenses the easyJet name and owns a large stake in the airline – has hit the brand with a lawsuit, claiming it would be “unfair” if it allowed the band to continue using its name “for free”. .
The band wrote on Instagram: “As some of you have already found out we are being sued, Easy Jet is suing us because we are called Easy Life.”
“They force us to change our name or fight a costly legal battle that we could never afford. We have worked hard to establish our brand. I’m sure we didn’t influence them in any way.
“Although we find this whole situation hilarious, we are virtually powerless against such a large corporation. I really don’t know what else to say, I’ll keep you posted. My apologies to those of you who bought concert tickets and ended up taking a cheap flight to Tenerife. For the rest of you, thank you for your support.”
An easyGroup spokesman told The Sun: “With reference to the brand thief Mr Matravers.” [EasyLife frontman] and his bandmates who decided to use our easyLife trademark without permission. We have a long-standing track record of legally preventing thieves from using our brands and I am confident we will stop Mr Matravers from doing so.”
Another, less aggressive statement said: “Stelios [Haji-Ioannou] and easyGroup were founded and (now) own the rights to the brand name easy.
“Other companies (including easyLife) pay annual license fees for use as part of their business strategy. We cannot allow unauthorized third parties to simply use it for free, free of charge and for nothing. That would be very unfair.”
The Sun has also contacted an easyJet representative.
The fans reacted angrily to thiswhile others had to check that it wasn’t April 1st.
One wrote: “Absolute joke, start crowdfunding and we will support you!”
Another said: “This is a disgusting corporate and capital overreach.”.”
A third posted: “What the hell are they doing?”