© Fiona McKinlay
British boy band One Direction was having a good year. Since its formation on Simon Cowell’s TV talent show “The X Factor,” the five-man act had garnered a 2012 Brit Award, a Saturday Night Live appearance and a No. 1 Billboard ranking for its debut album “Up All Night.” But the group’s rise to celebrity is damaging the reputation of a U.S. band with the same name, according to a lawsuit filed by the American group.
The U.S. band, which is not signed to a record label, has reportedly used the name One Direction since 2009, even filing an application to trademark the title in early 2011. According the band’s attorney, Peter Ross, the duplicate name has created confusion and damaged the U.S. band’s goodwill.