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Beyonce sues over “Feyonce” knockoffs

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NEW YORK — In her 2008 smash hit Single Ladies, Beyonce sang of telling jealous ex-boyfriend that if he had wanted to commit to their relationship, he should have ‘put a ring on it.’

Now Beyonce is telling a Texas company selling stuff online bearing the name “Feyonce” to put a lid on it.

Beyonce, one of the world’s most famous and influential pop stars, yesterday sued to stop the sale of dozens of shirts, sweaters, tank tops, hoodies and even coffee mugs bearing the ‘Feyonce’ name, which she calls too close to her own trademarked name.

In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Beyonce accused Feyonce Inc and three individuals, all from San Antonio, of ‘brazenly’ selling infringing ‘Feyonce’ merchandise at their website.

Among the items is a US$14.95 (RM58.94) mug with the phrase ‘he put a ring on it,’ which Beyonce said was intended to call to mind the lyrics of Single Ladies.

Beyonce, 34, who is married to rapper Jay Z and has won Grammy awards as a solo artist and with Destiny’s Child, said the sale of Feyonce knockoffs confuses consumers and causes her irreparable harm, and that the defendants have ignored her requests to stop.

She also said one defendant, Andre Maurice, has gone so far as to file two US trademark applications for ‘Feyonce,’ with and without the accent over the ‘e.’

“Defendants adopted the Feyonce mark to call to mind Beyonce and her famous song,” the lawsuit said. “Defendants’ conduct described herein is intentional, fraudulent, malicious, willful and wanton.”

Beyonce’s lawsuit also seeks unspecified damages.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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