British boy band One Direction is being sued by a much lesser known American band — also called One Direction — and now, the Americans are out for blood … demanding the Brits change their name.
The U.S. One Direction just filed the lawsuit, claiming they formed in 2009 — an entire year before the UK band members even knew each other — and have since developed a considerable following this side of the Atlantic.
In addition to building a reputation around the name, the Americans claim they also beat the Brits in a race to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office — filing a trademark application for “One Direction” long before their UK counterparts.
Now, the Americans are asking for a court order — requiring the Brits to change their name.
The Americans are also suing Simon Cowell“s record label and Sony Music — demanding more than $1 million in damages.
The British band — which was formed by Simon Cowell in 2010 while members competed on the UK “X Factor” — has yet to respond to the lawsuit.