August 16, 2005 (NEW YORK)
Archie Comic Publications Inc. filed a lawsuit in New York Monday
charging the teen rock group, The Veronicas, with violating its trademark.
The suit names identical twins Lisa Marie and Jessica Louise Origliasso
as well as Warner Music Group Corp., Warner Bros. Records, Reprise
Records and Sire Records Group, Archie Publications said in a news release.
Archie Publications said it tried without success to reach an agreement
with the band, leaving it with no other alternative but to file legal
action in the case.
The Origliasso twins, of Brisbane, Australia, signed a $2 million
contract with Warner Bros. and were due to release their first single,
4Ever in the United States Saturday and their debut album, The Secret
Life in October.
They have been repeatedly quoted in the Australian media saying they
named their band for their favorite character from the Archie comic book