Bob Marley’s estate sues Raising Cane’s over ‘One Love’

Bob Marley’s estate has filed a federal lawsuit against Raising Cane’s, claiming the fried chicken finger chain is using the trademark “One Love” without permission.

Fifty-Six Hope Road, owned by Marley’s widow and children, has asked a federal court in Massachusetts to permanently stop Cane’s from using “One Love” in advertising and marketing materials. The lawsuit also asks for up to three times the damages Marley’s heirs suffered to their reputation and/or the profit Cane’s made from using the phrase.

“The defendant (Cane’s) has never sought or obtained a license or permission from the plaintiff (Fifty-Six Hope Road) to utilize or feature the Marley One Love mark in any fashion,” the lawsuit says.

Raising Cane’s plans to release a statement later Tuesday.

Marley’s heirs say he recorded the song in 1965. The song became one of Marley’s most famous when it was included it on Bob Marley and the Wailers’ 1977 album “Exodus.”

Hope Road has sold clothing bearing the Marley One Love mark since 1991, the lawsuit says. Hope Road has also licensed Marley One Love hats, stickers, jewelry, other goods, and restaurants since 1999.

Raising Cane’s registered “Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers One Love” and “One Love” in 2002 and 2006 respectively. The fast-food chain didn’t inform the Marley family that it was registering the trademarks.

The Marley heirs say Cane’s is falsely representing that its goods are affiliated with Marley, and the fast-food chain is doing so deliberately, the lawsuit says.