Death Row Records agreed Friday to stop selling merchandise connected with slain rap star Tupac Shakur until a trademark infringement lawsuit is resolved.
In federal court, Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, sued Death Row and two companies that made and distributed hats, T-shirts and sweatshirts. She claimed the companies sold the items without permission. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
The manufacturer Cronies and distributor Globex also agreed Friday to stop filling orders and promised to account for how much profit was made in sales of the items. They also promised to deposit potential royalties in a court-monitored account – up to $350,000 from Cronies and about $181,000 from Globex.
A status conference on the case was set for Jan. 21. Afeni Shakur sued Dec. 13, claiming the companies sold millions worth of the merchandise by advertising the items in a flier inside the rap star’s 1996 recording “All Eyez on Me.”
Shakur and Death Row Records president Marion “Suge” Knight were attacked Sept. 7 in Las Vegas. Shakur died days later from bullet wounds suffered in the drive-by shooting.