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Jay-Z Accused of Trademark Infringement

Jay-Z Accused of Trademark Infringement
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updated 09/08/2004 at 08:55 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2004 08:55AM

RESTRAINED: Jay-Z's Urban Menswear/Rocawear clothing company was forced to scrap the name of its spring fashion line after a trademark question was raised by competitor Maggy London International, which accused the rapper of infringing upon its "MUSE" trademark, according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court. Rocawear had planned to call its 2005 spring line of $35-to-$250 clothes and jewelry "Rocawear MUSE," reports Women's Wear Daily. However, Maggy London has sold women's apparel and accessories under the MUSE label since 1999.

ASTONISHED: Almost impossibly, Serena Williams, 22, was robbed of a point by an umpire's mistake at the U.S. Open, just like her older sister Venus was at Wimbledon. It happened in the opening game of the third set between Williams and Jennifer Capriati, 28, who went on to win their Open quarterfinal 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday night, the Associated Press reports. "I'm very angry and bitter right now. I felt cheated. Shall I go on? I just feel robbed," a composed Williams said, laughing a bit. "At first, I thought it was another Wimbledon conspiracy."

DEDICATED: Madonna, 46, drew loud applause from a sold-out crowd at Paris's Bercy stadium Sunday night when she dedicated her rendition of John Lennon's peace ode "Imagine" to the Russian hostage crisis, AP reports. Madonna spoke briefly about the hostage-taking at a school in the southern city of Beslan that left at least 330 dead. Officials have blamed the deadly attack on Chechens and other Islamic militants.

INJURED: Chicago-based rapper Twista, known for hits such as "Slow Jamz" and "So Sexy," was hurt in a van crash that killed a member of his security staff, Pennsylvania state police tell AP. Twista (real name: Carl Mitchell), 30, was treated and released from a hospital in Erie after the van in which he was riding veered off Interstate 90 just after 4 a.m. Monday and rolled over in the median, police said. Another man in the van, Arthur Dixon of Chicago, died after he was taken to a hospital, authorities said. Five other men in the van were hurt, none seriously.

INSERTED: Among several tweaks in the long-awaited Star Wars boxed set that arrives on DVD Sept. 21 is a cameo appearance by Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) in the 1983 Return of the Jedi – though, in 1983, Christensen was only 2 years old. Filmmaker George Lucas edited in the moment to portend Skywalker's eventually becoming Darth Vader.

INSURED: German-born supermodel Heidi Klum's legs have been valued at $1.9 million by the London auction house of Phillips De Pury and Company, which generally specializes in putting estimates to jewelry. "Having valued static objects for 15 years, it makes a refreshing change to be asked to value something living, and I certainly admired the exquisite lines of this piece," evaluator John Souglides said. Klum, 31, had her legs valued prior to their being insured for the electronics firm Braun, which plans to use them in ads for a new shaver.

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