Van Halen Sues Over Use Of Band's Name

The rockers accuse Kelly Van Halen, ex-wife of Alex, of exploiting her famous last name to promote her own interior design business and kids clothing line.

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Our last word in business today is: "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love." It's a classic from Van Halen, a band that brings to mind blistering guitar solos and sold-out arenas.


But baby blankets and armoires? Probably not. That's the gist of a lawsuit filed by the band against drummer Alex Van Halen's ex-wife.

GREENE: The rockers accuse Kelly Van Halen of exploiting her famous last name to promote her own interior design business and kids' clothing line. The Kelly Van Halen Co. sells a whole range of products that include ponchos and swimsuits, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

MONTAGNE: The band says her trademark is, quote, "confusingly similar to their own, and dilutes the Van Halen brand."

GREENE: What are they saying - that leopard-patterned baby bath towels are not true rock 'n' roll? I don't know what they're talking about.


GREENE: This whole legal debate just makes me want to jump.


GREENE: Business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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