Maxine Jones is not giving up in the fight for rights to use the name "En Vogue." She filed an appeal to the recent court decision that only two of the founding members of the once top-selling girl group can use the name without limitations.
Cindy Herron and Terry Ellis were granted exclusive use of "En Vogue" earlier this year and Jones, the arbitrator declared, may only use the group's name in “non-derogatory biographical information primarily of a personal nature” and “professionally as ‘formerly of En Vogue’ or words to that effect.”
A publicist for Jones released a statement to BET.com declaring that the ruling is a "travesty." Jones has "helped build the En Vogue brand for over 20 years" and "never walked away from her rights."
Jones performed recent sold out shows under the billing "En Vogue to the Max." All four original "Hold On" singers, including Dawn Robinson, briefly reunited on stage with Alicia Keys at the 2008 BET Awards. Robinson has admitted to stepping away from the group.
"The arbitration filed by Terry and Cindy was for money damages and handled in a one day expedited arbitration hearing and while no damages were awarded, the arbitrator miraculously ruled on the legal right to use the En Vogue brand, which was beyond his jurisdiction and simply wrong."
Jones' publicist further asserts that "there are many compelling legal points in Maxine’s argument which makes her legal and managerial team feel confident that her intellectual rights will be justly returned."
Jones continues to tour with upcoming dates in California and throughout the East Coast and, "in respect of our United States legal system," has "tweaked the name of her group."
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