Harley Flanagan is Suing Cro-Mags Over Use of Band Name
Harley Flanagan is suing Cro-Mags in federal court over the use of the band’s name, according to the New York Post.
Flanagan claims that the other members of the band have been using the name without his permission since he left the group in 2002. He claims the idea to form the band was his alone when they first began playing in 1981.
This isn’t the first time Flanagan has displayed animosity towards his old bandmates: in 2012 he showed up at the band’s performance at New York’s Webster Hall with a hunting knife, sending members William Berario and Michael Couls to the hospital with stab wounds. The charges were eventually dismissed.
According to the Post, Flanagan’s charges against his former band include copyright infringement; Flanagan allegedly trademarked the “Cro-Mags” name for recording in 2010 and for merchandise in 2009 (and again in 2017, although it’s unclear why one would need to do this twice).
We’ll keep you posted as the story develops.