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Hells Angels Sue Alexander McQueen, Saks for Damaging Their Brand

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The Hells Angels motorcycle gang has decided to hit Alexander McQueen, Saks, and (both of which carry the products) in the pocketbook rather than where they usually would--head, chest, neck, solar plexus, and maybe the kidney area, for good measure.

At issue is the McQueen label's use of the Angels'  skull-and-wings "Death head" design in its high-fashion creations, like the $1,565 "Hells Angels Jacquard Box Dress":

The $495 "Hells Angels Four-Finger Ring":

And the ever-popular "Hells Angels Pashmina":

The Angels' lawsuit claims that the gang's name and Death Head "evoke strong and immediate reactions whenever used...and as a result they have great commercial value."

Perhaps the defendants should have taken a quick glance at the Hells Angels web page:

See that tiny type at the bottom? Yeah, the words that no one but F-15 pilots and superheroes can read?

Here's what it says:

"HELLS ANGELS and the skull logo (R) are trademarks owned by Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation, registered in the USA and in many other countries. All logos and designs of Hells Angels are trademark-protected (TM) and protected according to international law. Copying and other use is not allowed."

Perhaps what's most surprising here is that the Hells Angels are an actual corporation.

What's not is that the Hells Angels--whose primary sources of income are drug trafficking, prostitution, fraud, and extortion--have good lawyers.
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