Rock act sue One Direction over name

Louis Tomlinson (far right) and boyband One Direction are inundated with celebrity fans following their X Factor appearances with Jermaine Jackson the latest admirer of the group.
Louis Tomlinson (far right) and boyband One Direction are inundated with celebrity fans following their X Factor appearances with Jermaine Jackson the latest admirer of the group.
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SOUTH Yorkshire teenager Louis Tomlinson’s pop band One Direction have taken the US by storm - but trouble could be ahead for the hit group as they’re being sued for using the same name as a Californian rock act.

One Direction are being sued for trademark infringement in a multi-million dollar lawsuit that would stop them using their band name in promotional materials.

Lawyers for the American One Direction - a small, five-piece pop-rock group - are also seeking a share of the profits earned by the chart-topping British boys.

Louis, aged 19, from Bessacarr, Doncaster, was put together with bandmates Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan, and came third in TV’s X Factor talent show.

Cowell’s company Syco is named along with Sony Music Entertainment in a federal lawsuit filed in California Central District Court.

The US band say they are entitled to three times the profits made by their rivals, as well as compensatory damages in excess of one million dollars.

They have used the name One Direction since late 2009 and filed an application to register it as a trademark in the US in February 2011, the lawsuit states.