Fox has filed a lawsuit to protect its rights to the Empire name and property. It sounds like a plot straight out of Empire.
The show's phenomenal ratings—not to mention a soundtrack that debuted at No. 1 on the charts—has won over America and successfully startled white execs. Up next: lawsuits. The San Francisco-based company Empire Distribution, Inc. initially sent a series of demands to Fox for use of its name. The network followed up with its own trademark lawsuit on Monday.