LL Cool J scored a substantial legal victory against Guerilla Union, the minds behind the Rock The Bells concert series that ran from 2004 through to 2013. The Hip Hop icon sued the concert promoter for stealing the name of his 1985 song “Rock The Bells.”
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a judge ruled in favor of LL, ordering Guerilla Union to transfer all control of its social media accounts, website domains and any other intellectual property. The promoter is also barred from using the name or any other similar trademarks again.
LL and his legal team claimed Guerilla Union first filed for the trademark of the name in 2004 without his permission. Although he petitioned the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel all existing trademarks back in 2017, he claims the promoter repeatedly attempted to refile for the trademark.
The Rick Rubin-produced “Rock The Bells” helped propel LL’s Def Jam debut Radio to platinum status. It remains a staple of his discography.