“NCIS: Los Angeles” star and rap legend LL Cool J scored a huge victory in the lawsuit he brought against a concert promoter.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a judge granted LL a default judgment against Guerilla Union, Inc. The rapper had sued accusing them of using the name “Rock the Bells,” which he had been using for years.
He demanded an injunction against them to stop them from profiting off his reputation.
The judge ordered the promoter to immediately transfer all control of social media accounts, website domains, and other intellectual property. LL also got an injunction against Guerilla Union prohibiting them from ever using “Rock The Bells” or anything similar to LL’s other marks.
As The Blast first reported, LL sued Guerilla Union and its founder accusing them of trying to trademark “Rock the Bells” in 2004.
The legendary rapper said he released his classic song, “Rock the Bells,” in 1985 and even had a SiriusXM hip-hop channel named Rock The Bells Radio.
He claimed Guerilla filed for the trademark without his permission to use for a hip-hop music festival, which launched in 2004 and ran through 2013.
The rapper says he petitioned the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel all of Guerilla Union’s trademarks, which the board granted in 2017. Despite the board’s decision, he said the concert promoter continued to try and trademark the name for various purposes.
LL Cool J sued demanding a judge grant an injunction prohibiting the promoter from using the mark and for unspecified damages.