Wu-Tang Clan member RZA launched into a legal dogfight Friday, accusing a pooch-pampering company in Brooklyn of ripping off his group’s name.
RZA, born Robert Diggs, filed a trademark opposition suit against the Woof-Tang Clan, a dog-walking service.
In court papers, Diggs said the name and logo of the Wu-Tang Clan has been “unmistakably associated” with the Staten Island hip hop group since 1993.
The trademark application filed by the Woof-Tang Clan on June 8 is a violation of the multiple registrations already owned by the Wu-Tang Clan, the court papers said.
On the Woof-Tang Clan’s website, owner Marty Cuatchon showcases his fandom by selling a T-shirt that displays a dog named Bali on a blue-and-yellow identification card.
The shirt’s called the “Old Dirty Bali — Return to the 36 Chambers,” a nod to Wu-Tang member Old Dirty Bastard’s solo debut album in 1995, “Return to the 36 Chambers,” which featured his face on a yellow-and-blue ID card for food stamps issued by the City of Brooklyn Zoo.
Cuatchon, reached by phone Friday, told the Daily News he was aware of Diggs’ trademark challenge. But he declined comment until he could seek legal advice.
“I am a fan,” he said. “We walk dogs. I thought it was a good idea.”
Cuatchon is not the first to try and riff off Wu-Tang’s fame.
An Alaskan sled dog team is also known as the Woof-Tang Clan.