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Shortly after American boy band One Direction sued their more famous namesakes claiming the British band stole their name, the British boy band-ers are fighting back.
TheCelebrityCafe.com reported back in April that the US One Direction formed in 2009, a year before their British counterparts even got together. The US One Direction claimed that they had filed a trademark application for the name and went on to sue not only the British One Direction, but Sony Music and Simon Cowell's record label for $1 million in damages.
E! Online obtained a copy of British One Direction's lawsuit, claiming the four members of the group have "continuously and consistently been utilizing the ONE DIRECTION Mark since ODUK made its public debut on the popular British television program 'The X Factor' in the fall of 2010."
The "What Makes You Beautiful" singers are countersuing, and planning to make the American One Direction pay for all the drama they have stirred up.
"[U.S. One Direction] is guilty of fraud, oppression or malice, and by reason thereof, [U.K. One Direction] are, in addition to their actual damages, entitled to recover punitive damages," the lawsuit went on.
According to Rolling Stone, the British One Direction has already announced plans for a US Concert Tour next summer. Earlier this year, One Direction became the first U.K. band to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with their first album Up All Night.