En Vogue Members Settle Lawsuit Over Name
The battle over the legal rights to En Vogue‘s name has finally ended.
A judge ruled in favor of members Cindy Herron and Terry Ellis, giving them exclusive rights to the group’s name, according to TMZ.
Herron and Ellis accused former member Maxine Jones of illegally using En Vogue to promote her performances after she left the group. Herron and Ellis, who own En Vogue Enterprises, LLC — formed in 2006 — were also performing under the name at the same time.
According to court documents, conflicts arose between Jones and members Herron and Ellis over Joe Mulvihill, who was hired as the group’s manager in 2009. This eventually led to Jones leaving and forming a group with Dawn Robinson. The documents say Jones and Robinson used the name En Vogue for performances.
Robinson however was not listed in the court documents as part of the legal dispute. She issued a statement through her publicist after the news broke yesterday to clear the air.
“In response to current reports regarding the R&B group En Vogue and the legal proceedings between founding members Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones, my client Dawn Robinson would like to make it very clear that she is not, nor has she ever been in a legal battle over the use of the En Vogue name,” her publicist said in the statement.
“Ms. Robinson left the group many years ago, and at that time gave up the legal right to use the name En Vogue for personal performances.”
In the meantime, former member Robinson has recently joined the cast of TV One’s ‘R&B Divas: L.A.,’ which premieres later this year.
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