A Brooklyn-based dog-walking company named Woof-Tang Clan are being sued by Wu-Tang producer and rapper RZA. Woof-Tang Clan, who state on their website that they are courteous and responsible “as long as we’re in agreement that Nas’ Illmatic is the greatest album of all time”, were also selling t-shirts that incorporated the Wu-Tang logo and depicted dogs on hip-hop album covers. These have been removed from their website.
Woof-Tang’s branding (and very cute website) weren’t an issue until Cuatchon attempted to trademark their name. Court papers filed by rapper and killjoy RZA, born Robert Diggs, state that Wu-Tang’s name and logo have been “unmistakably associated” with the group since their formation in 1993, and that Cuatchon’s attempt to trademark Woof-Tang Clan violates their trademarks.
Cuatchon told the New York Daily News that he is a fan of Wu-Tang Clan and “thought it was a good idea”, but he is declining to comment until the legal situation is sorted out.