Founders of the singing group En Vogue retain sole rights to use of the stage name, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
The decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds an April arbitration ruling in favor of Cindy Braggs and Terry Ellis, the groups’ founding members.
The group, sold 20 million albums and CDs worldwide, and is best known as the original “Funky Divas.” The female singing group cut a trail through the music industry fusing fashion, style and music.
Braggs and Ellis sued a former member, Maxine Jones, may use the En Vogue name only in non-derogatory biographical information such as “formerly of En Vogue,” according to the arbitration.
The 9th Circuit decision came in a non-precedential order.
Case: Braggs v. Jones, No. 13-55557