The estate of reggae star Bob Marley is suing Raising Cane's, which has a franchise on Comm. Ave. near BU, for using "One Love" in its marketing efforts.
In a lawsuit filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, Ltd., charges Raising Cane's, which is best known for chicken fingers, has nothing to do with the reggae star, who died in 1981.
Fifty-Six Hope Road, based in the Bahamas, is owned by Marley's widow and children. The suit was filed by a law firm in Chelmsford.
The suit notes Marley recorded "One Love" in 1977 and that the song is well known worldwide:
Since his untimely death, Bob Marley's fame has only grown. Bob Marley was posthumously inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007. The British Broadcast Company recognized "One Love" as the song and "Exodus" as the album of the millennium in 2009.
But because of the Raising Cane's campaign - for which it got its own trademark in 2002 - the estate says the US Patent and Trademark Office actually denied its request to trademark "Marley One Love.:
The Marley estate wants a judge to declare Raising Cane's use of the phrase in its marketing void and to order the company to pay it damages and legal fees.