Yes. Snowboards have landed in hot water with B.I.G.’s ladies.
The Swiss athletic company has been collecting a coin by using Biggie’s face on some of their merch. While it may have been an innocent acknowledgment of a rap legend, it wasn’t appreciated by Faith Evans or his mother, Voletta Wallace.
The Blast got a hold of court documents that explained the case. Apparently, the company and photographer, Chi Modu, worked together to bring the boards to life. Modu was the man behind the lens of B.I.G.’s infamous World Trade Center photoshoot, which is the image on the snowboards. Faith and Voletta set up Notorious B.I.G., LLC in order to take charge over who gets access to the late rapper’s name and face for what commercial use. Since they’re claiming the Swiss company never got their “O.K.,” they’re hitting the breaks on the whole operation.
B.I.G., LLC has garnered a lot of business from other companies throughout the years. They’re worried a deal they have in place with a third party can be jeopardized by the company’s unauthorized usage.
That’s why they’re seeking an injunction against Yes. Snowboards., as well as unspecified damages and all profits made from the products.