(Reuters) – A founding member of Jefferson Starship may pursue part of his lawsuit seeking to stop former bandmates from using the rock group’s name, a federal judge ruled on Friday.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James said the guitarist Craig Chaquico may pursue a breach of contract claim against David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin and other musicians for performances and merchandising since January 2016, when co-founder Paul Kantner died.
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The San Francisco-based judge also dismissed Chaquico’s claim for earlier alleged contract breaches, and a trademark claim over the use of his likeness.
David Swift, a lawyer for Chaquico, in an email said he was pleased his client can pursue his “core” claim.
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“It is important to Mr. Chaquico to protect the legacy of Jefferson Starship by preventing unauthorized bands, like defendants in the case, from using the iconic name,” he said.
A lawyer for the defendants did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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According to court papers, members of Jefferson Starship agreed to retire the name in 1985 after Kantner left.
Eight years later,...
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