Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic are all refusing to sit and be grilled about Nirvana in their legal battle with fashion designer Marc Jacobs.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Jacobs is letting the court know he is having issues getting Love, Cobain, Grohl and Novoselic to agree to give depositions.
Jacobs is being sued by Nirvana L.L.C. for allegedly ripping off an iconic Nirvana smiley face.
In new court filings, the designer explains to the court, “The principals of Nirvana, LLC are not your typical senior executives of a large company.”
He says Nirvana LLC consists of the two surviving members of Nirvana, who claim to have some agreement between themselves and Mr. Cobain regarding intellectual property rights” along with “the wife and daughter of Mr. Cobain.”
Jacobs says so far their lawyers have refused to agree to schedule depositions. He says this is nonsense since they are the people who brought the lawsuit.
Love, Cobain, Grohl and Novoselic argue they are willing to hand over documents and information but feel the depositions are unnecessary at the moment. A judge has yet to rule.
Last year, Nirvana L.L.C. sued Marc Jacobs accusing the famed designer of ripping off their iconic Nirvana image of a smiley face, which they claim to have trademarked. The suit is seeking in excess of $1 million dollars in damages.
The suit took issue with a collection by Marc Jacobs named “Bootleg Redux Grunge,” which featured a similar looking smiley face on socks, shirts, and sweaters.
Jacobs fired back and defended himself, saying he basically introduced the world to grunge. He even called out Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain, saying they had been close friends for decades.
The designer claimed since his original “grunge” collection, he has referenced the style in many collections. He said the smiley face in his work is his work and not Nirvana’s.
He demanded the lawsuit be tossed. A judge recently denied Jacobs’ motion to dismiss and ordered the case to move forward.
Love and the surviving members of Nirvana had battled for years following Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994. They even had dueling lawsuits over Nirvana money for some time.
The trio ended their 20-year feud when Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.