Since the mid-2000s, Louisiana-based chicken finger empire Raising Cane's has used (and trademarked) the slogan "One Love." But "One Love" also is one of the most popular reggae songs of all time, appearing on reggae icon Bob Marley's multi-platinum albums Exodus and Legend, among others. It was first recorded as early as 1965, and the most prominent version (from 1977's Exodus) was also re-released as a single in the 1980s following Marley's death.
On Dec. 6, Marley's family filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts U.S. District Court against Raising Cane's, alleging trademark infringement and other charges related to the company's use of the slogan. 56 Hope Road, the company run by Marley's family, has used "One Love" on its merchandise, too — including T-shirts, hats and bumper stickers. In a statement to Gambit, Raising Cane's founder Todd Graves said the company "denies the Marleys' allegations and will continue to defend our rights as we have done with the Marleys in related proceedings concerning the One Love mark before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board since 2010."
Graves said he has met with Bob and Rita Marley's daughter Cedella "in a good faith attempt to reach a resolution regarding the Marleys' desire to enter the restaurant space," though he said settlement offers were turned down. Graves is referencing 56 Hope Road's licensing of Marley's work to Universal Studios for its Bob Marley: A Tribute to Freedom in 1999, as well as its one-time plans to open an Alabama restaurant called Bob Marley's One Love Cafe.
Graves added, "Raising Cane's looks forward to proving our position in court, putting this matter behind us and continuing to pursue our one love — serving our communities our quality chicken finger meals." — ALEX WOODWARD