Could she be facing another lawsuit?
Much like her Teen Mom co-stars, Jenelle Evans does more than just starring on a reality TV show to pay the bills. She is one of the several cast members who has used her reality star status to create a unique business selling clothes and makeup. It’s no doubt that Jenelle has worked hard to get her businesses off the ground, and now she’s experiencing the benefits of her hard work. But there’s just one problem, and it might be enough to put Jenelle out of business.
Jenelle is no stranger to the legal system, but this is far from a custody battle. Instead, Jenelle may be facing legal ramifications for using trademarked language on her clothing — not just once, but multiple times!
Facing Legal Problems
Jenelle recently launched her first side-hustle, a makeup line selling products like lipstick, mascara, and accessories. Things seemed to go so well for her JE Cosmetics company that she decided to branch out even further. She soon launched another line, this one featuring Jenelle Evans exclusive clothing with different sayings and quotes of hers from the show.
At first, all seemed to be well for Jenelle and her new products, but it wasn’t long before things started to go south. It appears Jenelle might have a serious lawsuit on her hands.
One of Jenelle’s products is a simply hoodie which features the hashtag “#MOMLIFE.” Although innocent on the surface, apparently the hashtag alone is enough to get Jenelle in trouble.
A Teen Mom viewer on Twitter shared the news that Jenelle was actually enacting copyright infringement with her new product. They shared an email from Emerson Grace Boutique, who owns the hashtag. The e-mail reads, “My lawyer is on it but please help us by reporting it as inappropriate (tm infringement) on Instagram.”
The Twitter user added, “E-mailed Emerson Grace Boutique, which has a trademarked #momlife. I got a reply & wants me (& all of us ) to report [Jenelle’s] image as trademark infringement. Hell yeah!”
That’s not the only trademark trouble Jenelle is facing. Jenelle also has one of her famous neologisms, “Dramastic,” on articles of clothing to sell. Reddit user MishkaTishka shared, “Jenelle is in trouble over another trademark. Dramastic is trademarked by the Hendrick NASCAR racing team.”
Jenelle may be back in court for these infringements, but fans don’t seem to have much sympathy. “This could have been avoided. All she had to do was google the word. Smdh. Lazy,” wrote Reddit user JuggsMcTitts. User User PlasticPaulBunyan pointed out, “I appreciate her doing shirts that fans can actually associate with her, but it’s not surprising that she’s being nailed on copyright infringement.”
Jenelle seemed to acknowledge this controversy, although it isn’t quite clear. She posted an image of her shirt to Snapchat, captioning it “#MomLife. Over at #JEShopINC on IG!” below which she wrote, “PERIOD.” It seems she is pointing out that because of the period at the end of her hashtag, it’s technically different from the other boutique’s trademarked hashtag.
“This is even more dumb than just admitting you made a mistake and removed the shirts,” wrote user YouKnowHowChoicesBe. “A period would make it an invalid hashtag — it wouldn’t even work.” User GreyJeanix joked, “‘can I copy your homework?’ ‘Yeah but change it a little so it’s not obvious.’”