NewsAugust 4, 2013 1:46 PM ET9,994 views

Black Flag founder Ginn sues Flag, Henry Rollins

Greg Ginn, founder of iconic California hardcore punk outfit Blag Flag, has filed a lawsuit against some of his ex-bandmates, as a contigent of them tour under the name Flag, all while Ginn has been performing shows once again as Blag Flag. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ginn claims that he and his record label SST Records, exclusively own the rights to Black Flag, various incarnations of the name, and their well-known flag logo. Filing the lawsuit on Friday, Ginn is seeking an injunction against Flag's current tour, which commenced in May and is scheduled to end late this month. Ginn states that use of the logo in addition to the name Flag will be "likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception among consumers." Among those named in the lawsuit are current Flag members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson, and Stephen Egerton. Additionally ex-Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins is named as a defendant. Notably, Rollins is not accused of "willful trademark and service mark infringement" or "unfair competition by false designation of origin," unlike Ginn's other aforemented bandmates. Rollins is, however, being cited for "unfair competition by false and misleading statement of fact" and "infringement of mark to enhance commercial value of defendant's services," among other charges.

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