Bobby Blotzer’s Lawyer: Stephen Pearcy, Juan Croucier + Warren DeMartini ‘Do Not Have Permission’ to Tour as Ratt
Looks like there's more court time ahead for the members of the classic Ratt lineup. Drummer Bobby Blotzer had been touring under the Ratt name with his current lineup of players, but the other classic members of the Ratt lineup -- Stephen Pearcy, Juan Croucier and Warren DeMartini -- recently issued a press release stating that they had reclaimed the name after a judge ruled that Croucier had not committed trademark infringement by using the Ratt name to advertise his band back in 2015. In the press release, the trio also revealed that they planned to move ahead as Ratt and that they had ousted Blotzer from the lineup. But Blotzer is claiming that the fight over the rights to the band name is not over.
Appearing on the One on One With Mitch Lafon podcast (heard in the player below), Blotzer states that while a judge ruled the foursome of Pearcy, Croucier, DeMartini and Blotzer had ownership interest over the WBS, Inc. Corporation formed by the band that only included Blotzer and DeMartini, that WBS, Inc. does indeed own the Ratt name.
Blotzer and his attorney Drew Sherman addressed the legal issues during their appearance on Lafon's podcast, with the lawyer stating, "Essentially, WBS owns the name. They — meaning Stephen, Juan, Warren — whatever they're going out as, they do not have permission to [tour as Ratt]. So right now they're infringing the trademarks of Ratt owned by WBS."
"The ruling that we have, there are many legal strategies that will be employed in order to change and bring to the court's attention various other pieces of evidence as well as prior rulings," added Sherman. "So it's a long time before this is done. We're not even at the appeals part yet, because there's no judgment to appeal. So there's a lot of time. Status quo will remain, and WBS owns the marks."
Blotzer added that his band will continue to be called Ratt "because there is nothing else to call it." He went on to add, "We've had tremendous, great success with this band out here. I mean, we're headlining big gigs. It's doing really well. I'm very proud of that. So I think [they're] seeing this kind of success, now all of a sudden, from not liking each other or talking, [they're in] collusion together and they decide that they're gonna do this at this point, and there you have it. They're making their move, and they don't have the name Ratt."
As for the recent announcement that the Pearcy / Croucier / DeMartini version of Ratt would be headlining the M3 Festival, Sherman stated that without having a court judgment on the name, he viewed making such announcements as "ill-advised."
Check out more of the chat in the One on One With Mitch Lafon podcast player below.
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