A lawsuit involving the 1980s hair metal band RATT has finally stopped going round and round.
RATT’s original drummer, Bobby Blotzer, claimed bass player Juan Croucier had committed trademark infringement when he used the RATT name to promote his band.
Croucier had used the name "Ratt’s Juan Croucier" in promotions in 2015.
But Blabbermouth.com reports a judge said Croucier was still part of the partnership that owned the RATT name and trademarks, along with Blotzer, singer Stephen Pearcy, and guitarist Warren DeMartini.
Blotzer, DeMartini and Pearcy tried to transfer the trademarks to another business entity in 1997, but the judge ruled that attempt invalid, meaning Croucier was still a member of the owning partnership, and could thus use RATT as part of his new band’s name.
In a final twist, Pearcy, DeMartini and Croucier said in a press release that Blotzer was now out of the band, and could only refer to himself as a "former member of RATT.”
RATT was one of the most popular hair metal bands of the 1980's, with their single "Round and Round" reaching No. 12 on the Billboard 100 chart. (In case you didn't get all of the "Round and Round" references.)