Cro-Mags' Harley Flanagan sues ex-bandmate John Joseph over use of band name
Little more than two years after reaching a settlement regarding ownership of the Cro-Mags trademark, co-founder Harley Flanagan and longtime vocalist John Joseph are once again at odds.
According to the New York Post, Flanagan — who currently controls the rights to the Cro-Mags name — sued Joseph in Manhattan federal court on Monday, June 6 for purportedly using the band name to promote a concert. Specifically, Flanagan says Joseph used the moniker "Cro-Mags Jam" to publicize an April 23 benefit show at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, an alleged violation of the 2019 settlement agreement regarding the Cro-Mags name.
"The impermissible phrase Cro-Mags JAM suggests that Mr. Flanagan, the original member of Cro-Mags, would be conducting a jam session with other musicians—which is obviously not the case," the suit reportedly states.
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