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Big Pun’s Widow Sues Walmart For Stealing His Likeness

01 Feb 1999 — Big Pun — Image by © Kevin Knight/Corbis

Big Pun is now apart of Walmart, but his widow ain’t happy about it, so she filed a lawsuit against the retail giant. Liza Rios is going after Walmart for a line of clothing and merch it’s selling which bear the late Bronx rapper’s name and image. In the suit, she says some of the items straight-up jacked the trademark she got after Pun died in 2000, the Jordan-esque image of Pun soaring with a mic in his hand, instead of a basketball.

Most of the clothing and gear, which includes phone cases, mugs and bags is made by a company called Redbubble, and Liza’s suing them as well as Walmart. According to the suit, obtained by TMZ, Walmart, Rebubble and other manufacturers are willfully infringing on her trademark, because they have full knowledge of its existence, yet continue to use it without authorization.

Ms. Rios is suing for all profits, and an injunction to block further sales. She’s also demanding $10 million in statutory damages from manufacturers Redbubble and Cloudflare, but Walmart skates on this one.

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