In a choice made public on Monday, U.S. District Decide Robert Candy in Manhattan stated “Road Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Aircraft Crash,” based mostly on recollections of former drummer Artimus Pyle, violated a 1988 consent order governing using the Lynyrd Skynyrd identify.
The lawsuit had been introduced towards Pyle and co-defendant Cleopatra Data Inc by lead guitarist Gary Rossington, lead singer and Van Zant’s brother, Johnny Van Zant, and heirs of Ronnie Van Zant and the late guitarists Steve Gaines and Allen Collins.
Candy issued his sixty four-web page determination after a non-jury trial on July eleven-12.
Legal professionals for Cleopatra and the plaintiffs didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. Pyle couldn’t be reached for remark, and, in accordance with courtroom data, didn’t rent a lawyer.
Lynyrd Skynyrd is understood for such songs as “Candy Residence Alabama” and “Free Chook,” which have been recorded earlier than its touring aircraft crashed in Mississippi on Oct. 20, 1977.
The crash killed Ronnie Van Zant, Gaines and 4 others. Twenty 20 individuals, together with Pyle, survived.
In response to the lawsuit, surviving band members agreed that Pyle, who left the band in 1991, might inform his personal life story, however that the film would trigger irreparable hurt by destroying their proper to make use of the Lynyrd Skynyrd identify and historical past.
Candy, who oversaw the 1988 consent order, stated Pyle and Cleopatra have been sure by it, and that there was “little question” the proposed film was about all the band.
“Not one of the defendants acquired the requisite authorization beneath the phrases of the consent order in depiction of (Ronnie) Van Zant or Gaines or in using the Lynyrd Skynyrd identify, and subsequently all have violated the consent order,” the decide wrote.
He additionally stated the plaintiffs confirmed irreparable hurt, and that the consent order mirrored “a want to protect and shield the reminiscence of deceased husbands and pals.”
The case is Ronnie Van Zant Inc et al v. Pyle et al, U.S. District Courtroom, Southern District of New York, No. 17-03360.