Hip-hop duo Outkast's label ARISTA RECORDS have been given a 10 January (05) trial date for the start of a courtroom showdown against civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Parks claims Outkast violated her trademark rights and defamed her when they named a song from their 1998 album, AQUEMINI, after her. The group's lawyers want to question Parks, 91, but so far her legal representatives refuse to allow it, citing medical reasons.

A 13 July (04) hearing has been set to decide whether Parks can be compelled to give a deposition in the case.

Meanwhile, Parks has filed a star-filled witness list that includes Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.

In December (03), the Supreme Court refused Outkast's plea to dismiss the lawsuit.

09/06/2004 21:30