Jardine Sued Again Over Beach Boys Name

Brother Records Inc. yesterday (April 21) sued former Beach Boys singer/guitarist Al Jardine for using the band's name when he tours.

Brother Records Inc. yesterday (April 21) sued former Beach Boys singer/guitarist Al Jardine for using the band's name when he tours. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Jan. 28 that Jardine cannot use the Beach Boys name, which belongs to Brother Records, a company jointly held by Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and the estate of Carl Wilson. Love is the sole licensee performing under the name.

Brother Records says Jardine was denied use of the name because he "did not agree to abide by terms of a proposed license."

Monday's lawsuit in California Superior Court claims Jardine is touring under the names Beach Boys Family & Friends; Al Jardine, Beach Boy; and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys. Brother Records wants a court order preventing Jardine from using the name, $2 million in court costs, and unspecified damages from loss of earnings due to unfair competition pitting Jardine's concert appearances against Love's.

The issue has been in litigation since 1998. Jardine has appealed a 2002 ruling in favor of Love, whom Jardine says excluded him from Beach Boys concerts in 2001. In that suit, Jardine is seeking $4 million in damages.

Messages left for attorneys in the case were not immediately returned.


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