Eric Church Files a Lawsuit to Stop Illegal Vendors at His Shows
It turns out that Eric Church's wildly successful Blood Sweat and Beers Tour is quite appropriately named, as the singer has encountered some roadblocks along the way that just might make a grown man want to cry -- or at least reach for a cold one. Church, who has seen tons of his tour dates sell out before his eyes, filed a lawsuit Tuesday (March 13) to stop vendors who are illegally manufacturing and selling merchandise bearing his name and likeness.
According to a recent article in the Nashville Business Journal, Church's allegation is against people who travel to all of his shows to sell the knockoff merch and then "quickly hide or discard infringing goods and walk or run away" when anyone from the singer's camp approaches them.
"Without a federal court order authorizing the seizure of infringing goods at and near … 2012 tour concert locations, (Church) will lose innumerable and irrecoverable sums in merchandise sales and will suffer incalculable, irreparable damage to his reputation and goodwill," states the document, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
In addition to putting an end to the havoc these vendors are wreaking on his successful tour, Church is also seeking compensation and punitive damages, and he's pushing for a permanent injunction that would prohibit the manufacturing, marketing and sale of counterfeit merchandise.
Though the Blood Sweat and Beers Tour is Church's first headlining tour, he's already sold out 21 of his shows, most recently his May 19 show at the iconic Red Rocks Amplitheatre in Morrison, Colo.