Eazy E’s widow and his son are in a legal battle over the record company he founded.
Eazy-E passed away from AIDS in 1995, leaving behind a Hip Hop establishment, Ruthless Records. Tuesday, the N.W.A rap icon’s widow and current owner of the brand, Tomica Woods-Wright, reportedly filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against her stepson, Eric “Lil Eazy-E” Wright.
Woods-Wright claims the younger Wright and his business partner, Arnold White, have been unlawfully using the Ruthless Records name for financial gain on their website, ruthlessrecordsinc.com.
The suit also alleges that White and Wright attempted to trademark “Ruthless Records Inc.” in 2016, having the application rejected due to its obvious similarity to Ruthless Records. She also starts the pair is incorporated under the name NWA-LLC, which blatantly infringes on the N.W.A trademark.
Ruthless Records was co-founded by Jerry Heller, Eazy and Dr. Dre back in 1986. The label is responsible for albums such as N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, JJ Fad’s Supersonic and The Nobody Can Do It Better by D.O.C.