One Direction (US) vs. One Direction (UK) — Find Out Who Won the Big Lawsuit

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While One Direction‘s been keeping busy, preparing for the 2012 MTV VMAs (pictured below), confirming their new single, and debuting their fresh album cover, it’s almost hard to remember that they’ve been in the midst of a lawsuit since April. But after much deliberation, they’ve finally reached a settlement. Here’s what went down:


A couple months back, American One Direction sued the UK group of the same name for a whopping $1 million (plus a share of the royalties), suggesting that the U.S. band filed a trademark application prior to the British-Irish boys. However, Simon Cowell‘s company, Syco, was quick to fire back with a countersuit, accusing the USA troupe of attempting to “leech off of a more famous group’s success.” When the story first broke, fans of the foreign band stood by them, and allegedly attacked the opposing side, using words such as “chase” and “kill” in their hate mail.

But now, both parties have come to an agreement leaving each side pleased. The American band will now go by the name Unchartered Shores, while the UK lads will remain as One Direction. One can only guess that the reason the USA-born fivesome is satisfied is due to the “undisclosed amount” within the settlement discussed in the press release.

With that out of the way, One Direction (no need for UK or US anymore) can put all of their focus into their upcoming fall 2012 albumTake Me Home, as well as their first MTV VMA performance, this Thursday, September 6 at 8pm ET.

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