The success of Empire had so many people coming out of the woodworks, trying to claim a spot in their pot. First, it was 50 Cent who said the show was a rip-off of his Starz show, Power. Then, Mo’Nique, said she was supposed to play Cookie, and Joseline Hernandez thinks the character was based off her. Now, Fox is going to be embroiled in a lawsuit over the show’s name.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox filed a trademark lawsuit to prove that they can use ‘Empire” despite the fact that a music distribution company, Empire Distribution, is asking for $5 million plus casting in the show for their artists because they share the same name.