Former Misfits Singer Glenn Danzig Suing Bassist Jerry Only for Trademark Infringement
According to various sources, former Misfits frontman Glenn Danzig is suing current Misfits bassist Jerry Only over rights to a lucrative merchandising deal with Hot Topic. Additionally, Danzig claims that Jerry Only registered trademarks “for everything Misfits-related in 2000″ behind the singer’s back.
The Misfits’ iconic mascot, known as the ‘Crimson Ghost’ or the ‘Fiend Skull,’ is one of music’s most recognizable symbols. An insane amount of Misfits merch has been created featuring the piece of art, but according to Glenn Danzig, he’s been missing out on a large chunk of royalties from the merch sold.
Reported by Re-Tox, Danzig has filed suit against Jerry Only, whose real name is Gerald Caiafa. On April 3, Glenn Danzig filed a complaint with the California Central District Court claiming Trademark Infringement. Gerald Caiafa has been named as the defendant, along with Cyclopian Music Inc., which was formed by Jerry Only and former Misfits guitarist Doyle in 1987.
The Trademark Infringement suit dates back to a 1994 contract, in which Danzig, Jerry Only and other agreed to share ownerships of Misfits trademarks for merchandising purposes.
Interestingly enough, according to Noisey, Danzig added a little sting in Section 9 of the complaint:
After forming the band, Danzig replaced the original bass player with Caiafa, whose primary qualification was that he had recently received a bass guitar for Christmas.
As for the merch itself, Hot Topic currently lists a ton of Misfits items, including shirts, music, bags, socks and even bikinis on the shop’s website.
Stay tuned for more info on Glenn Danzig’s lawsuit against Jerry Only as news breaks.