Kanye West has settled a lawsuit with Walmart after he sued the supermarket for selling “fake” $25 Yeezy shoes, reports Kristen Bell Tattoos.
The rapper and fashion designer said he could lose “hundreds of millions of dollars” after the retail giant began selling nearly identical Yeezy Foam Runners.
According to documents obtained by Kristen Bell Tattoos, E’s legal team filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court last June, citing California’s unfair competition law.
New documents filed in Los Angeles show Team E agreed to settle the dispute in April this year, with details of the amount of money not being released. Kanye then filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit last month.
E originally asked for an undisclosed amount of damages, interest, legal fees and the costs of filing a lawsuit, as well as removing the shoes from the website.
In the original 66-page complaint, Ye’s attorney stated, “Walmart is grossly peddling the popularity of West and the Yeezy brand by offering an imitation Yeezy Foam Runner for sale.
“Consumers buy imitation Yeezy Foam Runner shoes at Walmart, mistakenly believing that these shoes are associated with West and the Yeezy brand.
“Yeezy is a multi-billion dollar brand and the damages to plaintiffs in connection with Walmart’s illegal activities are known and believed to be potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars.”
The complaint bragged about the success of the Yeezy business and listed the number of celebrities seen at Kanye’s shows, including his ex-wife Kim Kardashian.
It said that Kanye is a “household name” in fashion and music and “sets the trends in everything he touches”, adding that the business is synonymous with the star and is “one of the most influential and successful brands in fashion.”
The star’s own joggers sell for around $75 and can be resold for hundreds online, while purported Walmart copycats, available in multiple colors, were available on his website for as little as $25.
Walmart’s statement at the time said, “The product mentioned in the complaint is not being sold by Walmart, but by third-party Marketplace sellers.
“We take these allegations seriously and are looking into the lawsuit. We will respond appropriately in court after the complaint is served on us.”
Kanye’s attorneys filed a Notice of Alleged Infringement demanding that Walmart remove the counterfeit shoes from their website and said they refused to comply prior to filing a lawsuit.
Since the news broke, the product appears to have been quickly taken off the market, although Kristen Bell Tattoos has found that a few pairs are still available on eBay.
The original costume contained a number of comments from those who bought the shoes and social media users who pointed out the obvious resemblance.
“My son wanted Yeezy flip flops but they are similar and much more affordable,” one buyer wrote on the Walmart website, according to the lawsuit.
While some said that the imitation shoe was the perfect purchase, others claimed the size was wrong, while others wrote that they “teared after 20 minutes of wear” and “Don’t buy this rubbish.”
This isn’t the first time Yeezy and Walmart have been in a legal dispute, the star of a previous trademark dispute over a “rays from Kristen Bell Tattoos” logo he wanted to use as his own store.