U.S. News | Harley Flanagan Files Suit Against John Joseph for Cro-Mags Trademark


A Federal lawsuit has been filed by Bassist Harley Flanagan against singer John Joseph for Trademark and/or Copyright Infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant infringes on its owned Cro-Mags name and associated work. The suit stated that the name was improperly used first in 2002 and the improper usage has been happening sporadically since then.

Flanagan alongside a guitarist Parris Mayhew registered the CRO-MAGS trademark in 2001, but those registrations are considered “dead” by the USPTO. However, Flanagan does have a few live registrations for the Cro-Mags mark, the earliest dating to 2009 according to USPTO search.

In emphasis, Joseph released a brief statement to the suit where he said “LET ME STATE THESE ‘FACTS’ FOR THE RECORD: I have never in my life snitched on anyone to the Government for being AWOL, or the cops, putting someone in prison for a long period of time just because i hate the crew he is with. “Seekers of the Truth”. I have never had an order of protection. I roll with “Street Justice”. I have never robbed any band I was ever in, or taken one cent from any of its members. “Face the Facts” And I have never SUED anyone… ever. “We Gotta Know.” I Live by my words.

“The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon” – Also as lyricist for over 80% of the material on AOQ that entitles me to 50% of ALL publishing. I have never tried to recover a cent from that either – but to the knuckleheads drinking the Kool-Aid that I never wrote anything – go look on the back of the album. Off to Train. Keep that PMA. See you in Europe next month with the CRO-MAGS!” he ended.

We will continue to follow up on the case and keep you updated.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com