According to The Hollywood Reporter, BLACK FLAG‘s founding guitarist Greg Ginn has filed a lawsuit against his former bandmates for alleged copyright infringement.
Ginn claims the members of the recently formed band FLAG — Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson — have infringed the BLACK FLAG name and infamous logo, calling FLAG “a colorable imitation” that’s “likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception among consumers.”
Also named in the lawsuit, which was filed on August 2 in Federal District Court, is former BLACK FLAG singer Henry Rollins, who is not part of the BLACK FLAG splinter group.
Ginn, who did not actually file for trademark registration for BLACK FLAG-related marks until this past June, is seeking an injunction against FLAG‘s current tour, which kicked off in May. He also accuses his former bandmates of “lying to the Trademark Office on registrations; using his own label’s record covers to feign as though they’ve been continuing to use BLACK FLAG since 1979 and using bootleg SST t-shirts.”
A copy of the lawsuit can be seen below.