Get All Access for $5/mo

Eminem Requests Protective Order Against Bravo 'Housewives' in Trademark Dispute, Refuses to Appear in Court The real Slim Shady isn't standing up—in court—after filing an opposition to a trademark application for the "Reasonably Shady" podcast in February 2023.

By Sam Silverman

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images
Eminem speaks during a ceremony honoring 50 Cent with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 30, 2020 in Hollywood, California.

Eminem is seeking a protection order from two cast members of "The Real Housewives of Potomac."

The request, submitted on Dec. 15, follows the rapper's ongoing trademark dispute with Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon over their trademark application for the duo's "Reasonably Shady" podcast.

According to the Patent and Trademark Office, the pair filed to trademark their podcast name in February 2022. However, Eminem – who has been known as "Slim Shady" and "Shady" since 1996 and owns the trademark for use on merchandise and records – filed an opposition to the request in February 2023, stating that granting the trademark could damage his brand and cause "confusion," according to People.

RELATED: Meteorologist Goes Viral After Sneaking Rap Lyrics Into Weather Forecast

Following his opposition, the reality stars requested Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, to appear in court for a deposition in October. In his response to the request, he's seeking a protection order against the two. The filing states that his appearance would be "burdensome" as he has "limited knowledge of the subjects at issue."

In the filing, the rapper's team gave three other options to go in his place, including his longtime manager Paul Rosenberg, who has "superior knowledge to Mathers on the relevant topics," according to the documents obtained by People.

"It was under Rosenberg's direction that Mathers registered SHADY marks asserted in this case," the documents read, adding that Mathers "is removed from the daily activities and details that comprise the use and promotion of" the SHADY trademark.

Additionally, the documents state that the reality stars were "premature and procedurally improper," with their request, and they have "have yet to serve" Mathers.

RELATED: A Mississippi News Anchor Is Under Fire for Quoting Snoop Dogg

Following the rapper's response, Bryant and Dixon's attorney Andrea Evans stated to People that they'd "like to question Mathers at least about his use of the expressions Slim Shady and Shady."

She added, "It's unclear to us that Mathers can be the owner of the trademarks and file this suit against our clients but he will not make himself available to be deposed."

Sam Silverman

Content Strategy Editor

Sam Silverman is a content strategy editor at Entrepreneur Media. She specializes in search engine optimization (SEO), and her work can be found in The US Sun, Nicki Swift, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style and Health. She writes for our news team with a focus on investigating scandals. Her coverage and expertise span from business news, entrepreneurship, technology, and true crime, to the latest in entertainment and TV news. Sam is a graduate of Lehigh University and currently resides in NYC. 

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Editor's Pick

Starting a Business

I Left the Corporate World to Start a Chicken Coop Business — Here Are 3 Valuable Lessons I Learned Along the Way

Board meetings were traded for barnyards as a thriving new venture hatched.

Business News

'Passing By Wide Margins': Elon Musk Celebrates His 'Guaranteed Win' of the Highest Pay Package in U.S. Corporate History

Musk's Tesla pay package is almost 140 times higher than the annual pay of other high-performing CEOs.

Business News

Joey Chestnut Is Going From Nathan's to Netflix for a Competition 15 Years in the Making

Chestnut was banned from this year's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest due to a "rival" contract. Now, he'll compete in a Netflix special instead.

Marketing

Are Your Business's Local Listings Accurate and Up-to-Date? Here Are the Consequences You Could Face If Not.

Why accurate local listings are crucial for business success — and how to avoid the pitfalls of outdated information.

Money & Finance

Day Traders Often Ignore This One Topic At Their Peril

Boring things — like taxes — can sometimes be highly profitable.

Growing a Business

He Immigrated to the U.S. and Got a Job at McDonald's — Then His Aversion to Being 'Too Comfortable' Led to a Fast-Growing Company That's Hard to Miss

Voyo Popovic launched his moving and storage company in 2018 — and he's been innovating in the industry ever since.