March 1, 2024

It isn’t Luke Combs; it is his crew.

The nation music singer publicly apologized to a fan Wednesday whom his authorized crew had efficiently sued for $250,000, apparently all with out his information.

The fan, Nicol Harness, was promoting home made, Combs-themed drink tumblers on Amazon when she acquired the copyright infringement lawsuit from Combs’ representatives in an e mail. She instructed WFLA the e-mail arrived in her junk folder whereas she was within the hospital coping with congestive coronary heart failure, and by the point she noticed the swimsuit, she mentioned she had missed the 21-day window to reply, touchdown her responsible for trademark infringement.

Harness instructed WFLA she had offered 18 Combs tumblers for $20 every, amounting to a complete of $360, earlier than she was ordered to pay $250,000 in statutory damages, the publication mentioned.

Although Harness had offered different home made gadgets as properly, the lawsuit brought about Amazon to dam her from withdrawing the cash from her Amazon vendor’s account, which nonetheless held $5,500.

“It’s totally irritating. I haven’t got cash to pay my payments,” she instructed WFLA. “I simply need this resolved. I did not imply any hurt to Luke Combs. I give up promoting the tumbler. I pulled it down. I simply do not perceive.”

Combs addressed the lawsuit the day after Harness spoke to WFLA, displaying the interview in a TikTok and saying he was “utterly and totally” unaware of the state of affairs.

“We do have an organization that goes after of us — supposedly massive companies working internationally — that make tens of millions and tens of millions of {dollars} making counterfeit T-shirts, issues of that nature, operating unlawful companies. And apparently, this girl, Nicol, has by some means gotten wrapped into that,” the singer mentioned. “That makes me completely sick to my abdomen.”

Combs mentioned he can be sending Harness double the sum of money in her Amazon account — $11,000 — in order that she “would not have something to fret about.” He additionally shared he’d be promoting an analogous tumbler on his web site, with all proceeds donated to Nicol and her household to assist with medical payments.

The cup is at present on the market on his official web site for $20.

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