(AllHipHop News) Rap legend LL Cool J is taking organizers behind the Rock The Bells hip-hop festival to court over the event's name.
The MC-turned-actor alleges promoters at Guerilla Union, Inc. filed paperwork to trademark the title in 2004 without his approval, in what he claims was an effort to cash in on the acclaim of his 1985 song of the same title.
Last year, LL successfully petitioned officials at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to eliminate all Rock The Bells brand rights Guerilla execs had received for the festival, which ran from 2004 until 2013.
But he claims they have proceeded to pursue the matter, and now he's stepping up his legal action.
Guerilla Union bosses and the firm's founder, Chang Weisberg, have been seeking to trademark the name for a variety of other purposes, which LL, who also launched his own Rock The Bells Radio channel earlier this year, wants to stop with a court order.
He wants the judge supervising the case to issue an injunction halting promoters from using the phrase at all, and is seeking unspecified damages.