According to the New York Post, Cro-Mags’ Harley Flanagan has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against his former bandmate John Joseph McGowan through his company Savoia NYC Inc. Flanagan decided to seek legal action against McGowan after he used the phrase “Cro-Mags Jam” to promote an April 23 benefit concert in the East Village’s Tompkins Square Park.
The following was said in the complaint:
“The impermissible phrase Cro-Mags JAM suggests that Mr. Flanagan, the original member of Cro-Mags, would be conducting a jam session with other musicians—which is obviously not the case.
This clearly constitutes unfair competition, trademark infringement, and a material breach of the Settlement Agreement, as it is an impermissible use of Plaintiff’s CROMAGS Mark.”
Flanagan also commented on social media:
“When you have fought for something that is yours as hard as I have and spent the kind of money that I have you have to protect what you own you can’t just walk away from it when people decide to violate the terms. I have no problem fighting for what’s mine anybody who knows me knows that. I’m not afraid to do what’s right and I’m not afraid of anyone. So until you’ve had to fight for something that is yours as hard as I have you should shut the fuck up. And the New York post in particular has always taken every opportunity they can to shit on me and twist the truth. I wonder if it’s because the NY posts editor used to have a crush on my wife. Sorry buddy fuck you and your rag of a paper 😆”
Flanagan is currently seeking a permanent injunction to keep McGowan from using the band’s trademark.