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CRO-MAGS Founder HARLEY FLANAGAN Sues JOHN JOSEPH Over New York City Show

CRO-MAGS founder Harley Flanagan has filed a lawsuit in opposition to his former bandmate John Joseph McGowan for allegedly ripping off the group’s identify.

Based on the New York Submit, the federal trademark infringement lawsuit, filed on Monday by Savoia NYC Inc., which is owned by Flanagan, claims that McGowan used the identify “Cro-Mags Jam” in violation of a 2019 settlement settlement giving Flanagan the rights to the CRO-MAGS identify.

The swimsuit alleges McGowan used “Cro-Mags Jam” to advertise an April 23 profit live performance within the East Village’s Tompkins Sq. Park, inflicting confusion about who was really performing, in line with the submitting.

“The impermissible phrase Cro-Mags JAM means that Mr. Flanagan, the unique member of CRO-MAGS, could be conducting a jam session with different musicians—which is clearly not the case,” the swimsuit states.

“This clearly constitutes unfair competitors, trademark infringement, and a cloth breach of the Settlement Settlement, as it’s an impermissible use of Plaintiff’s CROMAGS Mark,” the submitting provides.

Earlier right this moment, Flanagan shared a screenshot of the New York Submit article and he included the next message: “When you’ve got fought for one thing that’s yours as arduous as I’ve and spent the sort of cash that I’ve you need to shield what you personal you possibly can’t simply stroll away from it when folks determine to violate the phrases. I’ve no downside combating for what’s mine anyone who is aware of me is aware of that. I am not afraid to do what’s proper and I am not afraid of anybody. So till you have needed to battle for one thing that’s yours as arduous as I’ve you must shut the fuck up. And the New York publish specifically has at all times taken each alternative they will to shit on me and twist the reality. I ponder if it is as a result of the NY publishs editor used to have a crush on my spouse. Sorry buddy fuck you and your rag of a paper”.

Flanagan is in search of a everlasting injunction to cease McGowan from utilizing the trademark in any type.

In April 2019, McGowan and Mackie Jayson reached an settlement with Flanagan over the rights to the CRO-MAGS identify. On the time, it was introduced that going ahead, McGowan and Jayson would carry out as CRO-MAGS JM whereas Flanagan would get to make use of the CRO-MAGS identify for his personal model of the band.

In 2018, Flanagan, who based the CRO-MAGS on the age of 14 and toured with the band for some 20 years, sued members of the group for allegedly utilizing the CRO-MAGS identify with out his permission.

Claiming that CRO-MAGS was his thought when he shaped it again in 1981, Flanagan filed a lawsuit in opposition to the then-most current lineup of the group — together with McGowan — partly for copyright infringement, saying he trademarked the “Cro-Magazine” identify for recording in 2010 and for merchandise in 2009 after which once more in 2017.

Based on the New York Submit, Harley claimed within the lawsuit that the opposite members of the CRO-MAGS took over the band round 2002 when “Flanagan‘s first son was about to be born… and Flanagan needed to cease touring to assist with the child.”

In July 2012, Flanagan was arrested in New York Metropolis on costs of attacking a number of members of the CRO-MAGS through the CBGB Pageant. Flanagan, who had been a panelist at one of many occasion’s seminars, allegedly tried to attend the live performance of his former band.

On the time, McGowan instructed the New York Submit he and Flanagan began the band collectively within the early ’80s, however Flanagan regularly took all of the credit score for himself. McGowan claimed the scenario received so unhealthy, Flanagan pocketed each cent from their 1986 tour. “That triggered me to lose my house and be homeless in 1987,” John stated. “I lived hand to mouth.”

In a separate interview with The New York Instances, McGowan stated that Flanagan “has been a unfavorable thorn within the aspect of this band eternally.”

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