Last year, Ruthless Records, which is currently run by Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright, sued the late rapper’s son over his use the N.W.A. trademark. Tomica claimed that he was trying to illegally monetize f Eazy-E’s brand. Today, they’ve finally come to an agreement but unfortunately, it didn’t work out favorably for Eric.
The Blast reports that Eric Wright Jr. and Tomica Woods-Wright have finally come to an agreement in their lawsuit over the use N.W.A.’s name. Unfortunately for Eric, he’s prohibited from using “N.W.A.,” “Straight Outta Compton” or “Ruthless” in any his business endeavors. According to their deal, he agreed that it would only cause confusion to fans if he used those trademarks. However, Tomica is allowing Eazy-E’s son to use the mark “Rich & Ruthless.”
Tomica, who began running Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records after his death, sued Eric Wright Jr. and N.W.A Entertainment. In the lawsuit, Ruthless claimed themselves as the owner the trademarks related to the label and N.W.A. for merchandise and music purposes. They claimed Eazy’s son was attempting to make it seem like N.W.A. Entertainment was the owner the Ruthless trademarks. Additionally, Ruthless claimed Eazy-E’s son’s made public statements that were false and misleading.
Ultimately, the case was ruled in Tomica’s favor. She demanded an injunction that prohibited Eric Wright Jr. from using their trademark. He later filed a countersuit against Ruthless Records/Comptown Records and demanded that Tomica’s trademark that related to his father would be void in court. He additionally claimed that she didn’t own the trademark and abandoned the rights to the trademark after she allegedly failed to use them.