Glenn Danzig loses lawsuit against former Misfits bandmates over lucrative Misfits merch

Danzig claimed band had made 'secret' merchandising deals

Former Misfits frontman Glenn Danzig has lost a lawsuit against former bandmate Jerry Only, who fronts the latest incarnation of the punk band, over rights to the band’s merchandise.

Danzig took his former bandmates to a federal court alleging they had made “secret” merchandising deals with several retailers, such as Hot Topic.

Danzig – real name Glenn Anzalone, vocalist from 1977 to 1983 – hoped to prove the merchandising contracts violated a 1994 contract regarding profits gleaned from the Misfits logo.

Judge Gary Klausner has now dismissed the lawsuit, saying Danzig couldn’t prove his case, reports Ultimate Classic Rock.

Klausner ruled: “The terms of the [1994] provision do not address any obligation regarding trademark registration or negotiations with individual retail merchandisers. Moreover, in reviewing the other provisions contained in the 1994 Agreement, the Court also finds no other terms that govern the parties’ conduct as it pertains to trademarking and licensing.”

A statement from the band (via Altpress) in response to the April 3 lawsuit explained that Jerry Only secured exclusive legal right to tour and record as the Misfits in 1995, and that Danzig made clear that he wanted no public association with the Misfits. It described Danzig’s lawsuit as “a sour grapes tantrum based on outrageous allegations, the majority of which are completely false, while others are ill conceived and grossly misguided – and will be proven false in court”.