The group says the defendants are utilizing its name in the “production, advertising, promotion, marketing, sale and distribution of various products, including glasses, t-shirts and patches.”
It says the retailers have improperly profited, diluted and harmed the Run-DMC brand, which it says has generated more than $100 million in revenue since its inception in the 1980s.
The suit was filed in the Southern District of New York on Thursday.
Run-DMC was founded in New York in 1981 by Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizell.
Amazon and Wal-Mart, which also owns Jet, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.