The original and the new lines ups for the all girl pop groups Sugarbabes (TNL) and Sugarbabes (TOL) are due in court later today to determine the fate of the name "Sugarbabes".
At stakes is a multimillion pound merchandising empire and the world wide recognised brand name.
The original line-up, Siobhán Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan claim that as the founders of the name, now that they have reformed, they claim that the original name should be returned to them, along with all the product lines that are associated with it, such as the shoes, dolls and household appliances.
The counter-claim by the new line-up, Heidi Range, Amelle Berrabah and Jade Ewen, claim that as each of the original members have left (or been forced out), that any right that they have to the name Sugarbabes has gone, and the rights to the lines of clothes, hats and dog-walking equipment remains with the new members.
With such a huge fortune waiting to be claimed by the winners of the case, it is expected that the two top law firms that have been hired to represent both sides will make this trial run and run, ensuring that most of the money to be made will be made by them.
Sue Anne D'Stroy, the original line-up's solicitor had the following statement: "There are plenty of derivatives that the new line up can use, such as Sugababes or Sugarbaybes, or even Sugar Babes. My girls made the brand famous, and simply want their name back."