The US cosmetics brand had filed a lawsuit accusing the duo of ‘blatant and wilful infringement’ on its copyright
Black Moon Cosmetics, the US beauty brand launched in 2015, has settled a lawsuit lodged against social media influencers Jeffree Star and Manny MUA otherwise known as Manny Gutierrez – the new face of Maybelline.
In an Instagram post, Black Moon Cosmetics released an update on the case yesterday.
Black Moon explained that although the settlement terms are confidential, it wishes the pair “the best of luck” in the future and is happy to put the case behind it.
Dear Moon Beauties, we are pleased to inform you that we have settled the lawsuit (link in comments) against MannyMUA and Jeffree Star regarding our holographic crescent moon logo that we have been using since early 2015. The exact terms of the agreement are confidential, so we cannot comment on it, but we wish them the best of luck in the future and are happy to put this behind us. We want to thank our moon friends from the bottom of our hearts for your support and love, it truly means the world to us. ❤ *Edit: Full Legal Complaint Available here (please copy & paste in browser): https://smcarthurlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Dkt-1.-Complaint.pdf
Jeffree Star and Manny MUA were due to launch a collaborative cosmetics line, Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA, on 8 April – which will now still go ahead.
However, the launch was at risk of being postponed when Black Moon filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court Central District of California on 4 March.
Black Moon accused the duo of copying one of its logos of a holographic crescent moon on a black background, stating that Black Moon was the first cosmetic company use packaging with this mark to distribute cosmetics.
The brand said that Manny MUA had been in touch “expressing a fondness for Black Moon’s packaging design”, and that he later went on to release his own “extremely similar” product packaging.
Black Moon alleged that Manny MUA continued to sell its ‘infringing’ product through to today and that at the start of this year, the vlogger entered into a collaboration with Jeffree Star to produce a collaborative product with packing incorporating a second infringing mark with a similar crescent moon design.