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Beach Boys name disputed

April 23, 2003|From Associated Press

Brother Records Inc. is suing former Beach Boys singer-guitarist Al Jardine for using the band's name when he tours.

The Superior Court lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles on Monday, claims Jardine is touring under Beach Boys Family & Friends; Al Jardine, Beach Boy; and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Jan. 28 that Jardine can't 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 to perform under the name.

Brother Records wants a court order preventing Jardine from using the name, $2 million in court costs and unspecified damages from loss of earnings because of unfair competition pitting Jardine's concert appearances against Beach Boys lead singer Love's.

Representatives for Jardine could not be reached for comment.

From Associated Press

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