Lil' Eazy-E Loses Court Battle With Tomica Wright Over Trademark Rights
A legal battle between Eazy-E's wife Tomica Wright and Eazy's eldest son Lil' Eazy E has just been settled. The dispute was over the use of the N.W.A. name as well as "Straight Outta Compton" and "Ruthless".
Court documents show that Lil' Eazy E has agreed to a clause that prevents him from using several terms related to his late father Eazy-E. It was in 2017 that Tomica Wright (who's been running Ruthless Records since Eazy-E passed in 1995) sued Eazy's eldest son Eric Wright Jr. over the ownership of her label's trademarks.
Tomica's case claims that Lil' Eazy-E has been illegally profiting off her late husband by attempting to register trademarks related to him. The suit alleges that Lil' Eazy-E tried to create the impression that his company was the owner of the Ruthless trademark, and calls his public announcements fraudulent.
Lil Eazy-E (Eric Wright Jr.) previously countersued Ruthless Records before losing the case. His original counter was that Tomica Wright (his step-mother) voided the use of the trademark rights by not using them.