Black Flag Ginn sues ex-bandmates
Black Flag co-founder Greg Ginn has launched legal action against his ex-bandmates, saying they have no right to tour under the name Flag.
Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson announced a Flag tour in January, just three days after guitarist Ginn – the only musician to appear in all lineups of the band – confirmed his own Black Flag plans.
Ginn, owner of SST Records, argues it’s confusing for two outfits with a similar name and logo to be in action at the same time, and he wants Flag to change their name.
He’s named all the members of that band in his lawsuit – and he’s also listed former frontman Henry Rollins, even though he currently has nothing to do with either lineup.
Ginn alleges Flag are “a colourable imitation” and their activities are “likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception among consumers.” He further claims they’ve been using old record sleeves and bootleg shirts in an attempt to look as if they’d continued operating since 1979.
However, Ginn only filed for ownership of the Black Flag name in June.
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