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Easy Life’s local MP Harriet Harman asks EasyGroup to withdraw lawsuit

The band are being sued by EasyGroup over their name.

By Will Richards

Easy Life pose for a press shot against a blue background
Easy Life (Picture: Jack Bridgland).

Easy Life‘s local MP Harriet Harman has urged EasyGroup to withdraw their lawsuit against the band.

Last week, the Leicester-bred, London-based band revealed that they were being sued by the company over their name and the use of the ‘easy’ brand.

Taking to X/Twitter, the band alleged that the company are “forcing us to change our name or take up a costly legal battle which we could never afford”.

Ivors Academy chair Tom Gray then joined calls for the suit to be dropped, tweeting: “They’ve been performing as Easy Life for 8 years and you Trademarked it last year. They’ve traded under it and they don’t compete in anything like the same area. So why are you doing it? Seems cruel here.”

Harman then quoted the tweet and said: “Hi easyJet please confirm that you are withdrawing the legal action launched against my constituents’ band Easy Life forthwith.”

EasyGroup confirmed to NME that the lawsuit comes from the holding company, who are planning to expand the ‘easy’ franchise into new sectors, including a branch called ‘EasyLife’.

They said in a statement: “Stelios [Haji-Ioannou, EasyGroup owner] and EasyGroup founded and (now) own the right to the easy brand name.

“Other companies (including EasyLife) pay annual royalties for its use as part of their business strategy. We cannot allow unauthorised third parties to simply use it free, gratis and for nothing. That would be very unfair.”