A snowboard company in Switzerland is facing a lawsuit from Biggie’s mother and widow for using the late, great rapper’s name and likeness.
Voletta Wallace, the mother of rap great Notorious B.I.G., and Big’s widow, Faith Evans, are suing a Swiss snowboard company for selling snowboards with Biggie’s picture and autograph, according to TheBlast.com.
Notorious B.I.G., which is owned and operated by Wallace and Evans, is suing the Yes Snowboard company along with famed Hip-Hop photog Chi Modu for selling products with the award-winning rapper’s face and autograph on snowboards without requesting permission or paying for its usage, according to the lawsuit obtained by TheBlast.
The lawsuit says, “At a time where fame and popularity for musicians comes and goes on an accelerated time scale, it is hard to quantify the power – both emotional and financial – of a musician whose brand and persona are still appreciated, recognized, and replicated more than two decades after his death.”
The company’s website is still selling snowboards with other rappers’ face, but have removed all of its “B.I.G boards.”