Earlier this year, Josh Homme and Scott Reeder filed a lawsuit against their former bandmates in Kyuss, citing tradmark infringement and consumer fraud” for their use of the name Kyuss Lives! for ongoing reunion activities. As Rolling Stone reports, Judge S. James Otero of the United States District Court Central District ruled on the lawsuit today, and his verdict allows Kyuss Lives! to be used only in concert.
“The Court will issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting Defendants from using the Kyuss Mark in any capacity unless the word ‘Lives’ follows the word ‘Kyuss’ in equally-prominent lettering,” reads the verdict. “The Court will issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting Defendants from using the Kyuss Lives Mark in conjunction with any studio album, live album, or other audio recording. The Motion is denied, however, with respect to Plaintiffs’ request that Defendants be enjoined from using the Kyuss Lives Mark in conjunction with concerts and live performances.”
That said, the Judge warned that his verdict doesn’t fully protect the Kyuss! Lives name, and added “It may be in Defendants’ best interest to begin re-branding under a new name.”