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    Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:53:54

    Variety Loses a Battle in Suit Against The Vandals - The band riffed on the magazine's logo and the mag tried to sue in Delaware

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    Reuters reports that Hollywood trade newspaper Variety has lost in its attempt to pursue a trademark claim in Delaware against the punk band The Vandals for using the Variety logo on the cover of their 10th album, Hollywood Potato Chip. So the mag has lost a battle in this war.

    The case will now move to a California federal court, since Vandals bassist Joe Escalante, who is a lawyer and is representing the band in the lawsuit, is based in Los Angeles.

    Reed Elsevier, Variety's parent company, sent a cease-and-desist letter and worked out a settlement with the band, which agreed to change the cover art. The agreement stipulated that band members would have to pay $50,000 plus attorneys fees if the group ever reneged. Reed sued when the logo popped up on a website and Escalante worked to get the suit back in California's courts after the mag tried to push it to Delaware.

    Legal drama with a capital "D."

    Team The Vandals or Team Variety?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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