Supernova Sues Over CBS Series

Supernova, perhaps best known for contributing the song "Chewbacca" to the cult movie "Clerks," has filed for a preliminary injunction to prevent the use of its name by a new supergroup involved in th

An Orange County rock band is singing stop in the name of copyright infringement. Supernova, perhaps best known for contributing the song "Chewbacca" to the cult movie "Clerks," has filed for a preliminary injunction to prevent the use of its name by a new supergroup involved in the CBS/Mark Burnett Prods. TV show "Rock Star: Supernova."

Attorneys for the group filed for the injunction Friday in U.S. District Court in San Diego after the collapse of settlement talks, which had followed the filing of a lawsuit in the matter in June.

"Our client has taken legal action in order to preserve its rights to the name the band has worked so long and hard to establish," said John Mizhir Jr., an attorney with the San Diego law firm of Fish & Richardson. "We tried to settle the matter quickly and fairly, but after lengthy negotiations with CBS, Mark Burnett Prods. and others, they left us with no options but to seek the preliminary injunction."

Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Supernova, founded in 1989 by Jodey Lawrence, Art Mitchell and David Collins, has released three albums. Most recently, the group has been touring in California, Arizona and Nevada, with plans for a new album "in the works," according to a spokesperson.

"Rock Star: Supernova" involves the search for a vocalist to join a new rock band being formed by ex-Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and one-time Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. The Burnett-produced show began airing last month on CBS.