Abercrombie sues Beyonce over fragrance

COLUMBUS, Ohio - September 16, 2009 Abercrombie & Fitch says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Columbus that Knowles' intent to use the name constitutes trademark infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices.

New Albany, Ohio-based Abercrombie says its Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co. subsidiary has owned the Fierce trademark since 2002 for its own men's fragrance.

It asks the court to order Knowles to halt her plan to sell a fragrance with a similar name.

Abercrombie says sales of its fragrance have exceeded $190 million. It projects 2009 sales at $64 million.

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