May 21, 2024

Jelly Roll sued by Pennsylvania wedding band with same name, accused of harming reputation with prison stint


Jelly Roll is being sued by a Philadelphia-based band with the same title that claims the nation star has infringed on its trademark and prompted its enterprise “irreparable harm.” 

The lawsuit, filed final week, claims the wedding and charitable band Jellyroll owns the trademark Jellyroll and has been utilizing the title since 1980, 4 years earlier than the 39-year-old singer was born. 

“The Plaintiff, professionally known as Jellyroll has been providing musical and vocal accompaniment for celebratory and charitable events first in the Delaware Valley and now throughout the Northeast part of the United States since at least 1980, including, among other notable events, two appearances at the White House for President George W. Bush and his family,” a lawsuit obtained by FOX Business says.

“Conversely, Defendant, who was not born till 1984 in Antioch, Tennessee, claims in revealed interviews that his mom referred to him as Jelly Roll as a small youngster.”

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Jelly Roll is dealing with a lawsuit from a band named Jellyroll. (Kent Nishimura/Getty Images / Getty Images)

The swimsuit claims Jelly Roll’s title has prompted confusion with who’s enjoying what occasion within the northeast and that the nation star’s fame has destroyed its Google presence. 

“Prior to the Defendant’s recent rise in notoriety, a search of the name of Jellyroll on most search engines, and particularly Google, returned references to the Plaintiff,” the lawsuit says. “Now, any such search on Google returns multiple references to Defendant, perhaps as many as 18-20 references before any reference to Plaintiff’s entertainment dance band known as Jellyroll® can be found.

“Defendant’s unapologetic continued infringing acts and conduct, until enjoined by this Court, will proceed to trigger shopper confusion, mistake, and deception.”

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Jelly Roll has said his mom gave him the nickname when he was little.  (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy / Getty Images)

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The band also says in the lawsuit that Jellyroll’s team had emailed the band to discuss a cease-and-desist letter sent by the band.

“Several conversations ensued and at one level Defendant’s counsel inquired as as to if Defendant actually was in competitors with Plaintiff,” the lawsuit claims.

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The band claimed Jelly Roll’s past incarceration had damaged its reputation.  (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for iHeartRadio / Getty Images)

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The lawsuit also claims Jelly Roll’s prison stint for felony robbery charges has harmed the band’s reputation by association. 

“Because of Defendant’s troubled previous, which features a felony conviction and imprisonment, such affiliation as averred above has prompted further hurt to Plaintiff among the many public and commerce,” the swimsuit says. 

FOX Business has reached out to Jelly Roll for remark.

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Jelly Roll rose to prominence with his 2021 album, “Ballad of the Broken,” but had been creating music for years before he got recognition.

“I simply all the time had religion that God had an even bigger function for what I used to be attempting to do,” Jelly Roll previously told Fox News Digital of his career struggles. 

The musician had a tumultuous upbringing and was imprisoned before he had the chance to graduate high school. He served time when he was 14 and welcomed his first child, daughter Bailee, while still behind bars.

Jelly Roll has since gotten his life on track and has full custody of Bailee and raises her with his wife, Bunnie Xo. Bunnie, a former sex worker, and Jelly Roll tied the knot in 2016.

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The singer dominated the 2024 CMT Music Awards April 7, taking home three trophies. 

Fox News Digital’s Janelle Ash and Larry Fink contributed to this report. 
 





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