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Pioneering rap group Run-DMC has hit Jet, Amazon and Wal-Mart with a $50 million lawsuit,
NBC reports that the retail outlets are accused of illegally "advertising, selling, manufacturing, promoting and distributing multiple products" in the group's trademarked name.
Items allegedly being sold include glasses, patches, hats, t-shirts, wallets and other items.
The suit, which was filed Thursday, December 29, in the Southern District of New York, lists group member Darryl "DMC" McDaniels as the plaintiff.
It states that Amazon, Wal-Mart and Jet are violation of federal trademark and New York unfair competition laws. The companies are accused improperly profiting, diluting and harming the Run-DMC brand by duping customers into believing the items being sold are endorsed by the band.
Run-DMC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2010 Rolling Stone ranked them 48th on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time.
The group was founded in 1981 by McDaniels, Joseph "Run" Simmons and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell.
Jay died in 2002 after being shot at a Queens, New York recording studio.
Jam Master Jay
Simmons and McDaniels later disbanded the group.
Their hit records include "It's Tricky," "Walk This Way," "Rock Box," "It's Like That," "Sucker MC's," "King of Rock," "My Adidas," "Mary, Mary" and "Down with the King."
The group's legitimate merchandise has generated more than $100 million in sales.