MP Harriet Harman has made a plea to EasyGroup for them to retract their menace of authorized motion towards Straightforward Life.
Earlier this week, the group revealed that they have been being sued by the conglomerate proudly owning easyJet and claimed the corporate was “forcing” them to alter their identify or they risked going through a pricey authorized battle.
In response, an EasyGroup spokesperson advised NME: “Stelios and easyGroup based and (now) personal the precise to the simple model identify.
“Different firms (together with easyLife) pay annual royalties for its use as a part of their enterprise technique. We can not permit unauthorised third events to easily use it free, free of charge and for nothing. That might be very unfair.”
The corporate mentioned in a separate assertion: “On the subject of the model thief Mr Matravers and his fellow band members who’ve determined to make use of our model, easyLife, with out permission, now we have a protracted established document of legally stopping thieves from utilizing our manufacturers and I’m assured we are going to cease Mr Matravers.”
The band refuted the suggestion that they have been “model thieves” and argued that they’d been utilizing their identify a very long time earlier than the conglomerate licensed the identify of the net retailer EasyLife, for which it receives an annual payment. The proprietor of EasyGroup has no monetary curiosity within the enterprise.
Now, Harman, who represents the constituency of Camberwell and Peckham, publicly wrote to easyJet on X/Twitter to talk up for the band.
“Hello @easyJet please verify that you’re withdrawing the authorized motion launched towards my constituents’ band @easylife forthwith,” she wrote.
Hey Harriet, thanks a lot for the present of solidarity. I emailed you this morning. Can be nice to talk about this additional with you
— simple life (@easylife) October 7, 2023
The band responded: “Hey Harriet, thanks a lot for the present of solidarity. I emailed you this morning. Can be nice to talk about this additional with you.”
This isn’t the primary time EasyGroup have sued different companies for utilizing names containing the phrase ‘simple’.
In 2018, the corporate took authorized motion towards Netflix over its comedy collection Straightforward, claiming its use of the identify breached its European emblems.
In response, Netflix mentioned in an announcement that “viewers can inform the distinction between a present they watch and a airplane they fly in”
In 2008, the Northampton-based restaurant easyCurry modified its identify after being threatened with authorized motion.