Supernova files for preliminary injunction to prevent Rock Star group from using their name

The band named Supernova has already sued those people associated with Rock Star: Supernova, claiming trademark infringement, and now they want “a preliminary injunction to halt the band … from performing or recording under the name ‘Supernova,’” a press release from the original group says.

This latest action comes “after the collapse of settlement talks,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. In the statement, band attorney John Mizhir, Jr., says, “Our client has taken legal action in order to preserve its rights to the name the band has worked so long and hard to establish. We tried to settle the matter quickly and fairly but after lengthy negotiations with CBS, Mark Burnett Productions and others, they left us with no options but to seek the preliminary injunction.” Attorneys want a hearing “within 28 days,” in part because the series concludes Sept. 27.

Amusingly, the press release announcing the injunction request starts by reminding the world that, despite the fact that few people have heard of them, Supernova is a big deal, because the band “contributed its song ‘Chewbacca’ to the cult movie ‘Clerks.’”

Fish & Richardson Announces Rock Band Seeks to Stop CBS and Mark Burnett’s New Band from Performing under the Name Supernova… [press release]
Supernova sues over CBS series [Hollywood Reporter]

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