Death Row To Halt Sale Of Tupac Merchandise

Dec. 23, 1996 -- Death Row Records has agreed to stop selling Tupac Shakur merchandise until a trademark infringement suit brought by Tupac's mother, Afeni, is resolved.

Afeni Shakur filed suit against Death Row in U.S. Federal Court on December 13, claiming that the label had sold millions of dollars of unlicensed Tupac hats, T-shirts, and sweatshirts through an insert in Tupac's "All Eyez On Me" double album. The manufacturer and distributor of the merchandise, who are also named in the suit, have both agreed to halt sales, and promised to deposit potential royalties into a court monitored account.