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Cro-Mags Lawsuit Settlement Results In Two Different Versions Of The Band


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The lawsuit over the Cro-Mags trademarks has been resolved with the two parties having come to an settlement. The band’s Harley Flanagan filed suit against the group’s vocalist John Joseph and drummer Mackie Jayson last spring, disputing their claims to recording and merchandising rights for the outfit. Flanagan himself claimed to have sole control over the those trademarks, citing his past filings for them.

It has now been revealed that the two parties have reached a settlement which will allow the two different Cro-Mags lineups to co-exist. As of August 01st, 2019, Flanagan himself will be able to continue touring under the Cro-Mags moniker per this new settlement, while Joseph and Jayson will be touring under the moniker of ‘Cro-Mags ‘JM’.

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Flanagan himself issued the below video statement on the matter, while Joseph and Jayson took to social media to issue the following statement of their own:

“As all of our loyal fans and supporters know, John Joseph, Mackie Jayson, A.J. Novello and Craig Setari have been performing as the “Cro-Mags” for many years. Due to recent litigation involving Harley Flanagan, John Joseph and Mackie Jayson, we have all agreed that for the benefit of our fans and supporters we want to make sure that everyone knows who it is they are coming out to see.

Therefore we have reached a settlement designed to avoid any further confusion. The lead singer and drummer on Age of Quarrel, John & Mackie, along with A.J. and Craig, going forward will perform under the name CRO-MAGS “JM” which we have a legal right to use. The “JM” stands for John/Mackie. Of course, we need some time to make this change.

There will be a three month transition where our shows may still be advertised as Cro-Mags and Harley will also be performing as Cro-Mags. During this transition period, to confirm which band you want to see, please check on our websites or social media pages. As of August 1, 2019, all shows under the CRO-MAGS “JM” name will feature us, and all shows under the CRO-MAGS name (on its own) will feature Harley.

Thanks for your patience as we wrap this up. Now that this is all said and done, we will be working on a new studio album, while continuing to deliver the live performances our fans have come to know and love over the years. A win/win situation. See you out there on the road.”

The settlement brings to an end a lengthy and contentious dispute over the rights to the band that infamously erupted in violence back in 2012. That year saw Flanagan and former members of the group involved a violent altercation that took place at a festival in New York. Flanagan was arrested on 2nd degree assault and weapons charges for the brawl, though insufficient evidence and conflicting statements later saw the charges dropped.

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