Beach Boys Sending Each Other Good Vibrations Again

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Beach Boys Sending Each Other Good Vibrations Again

Fri Mar 21, 2008 @ 10:04AM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Beachboys_2 Could the end of a long-running legal squabble lead to the reunification of The Beach Boys?

Yesterday, lawyers announced a settlement over seven years of litigation over rights to the band name. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

In 2001, group member Al Jardine sued former bandmate Mike Love for $4 million, alleging Love excluded him from concerts that year. Superior Court Judge James R. Dunn dismissed the case, and allowed Love to sue Jardine when the latter singer started touring using the Beach Boys' name. In 2003, a court ruled that only Love had the right to use the Beach Boys name but Jardine began performing under similar monikers including Beach Boys Family & Friends and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys. Lawsuits continued and last year, Judge Dunn rejected Love's motion for summary judgment and ordered the case to trial.

The other surviving member of the original Beach Boys is Brian Wilson. Could the three reunite?

"Certainly everybody would love it, but we're taking it a day at a time," Jardine's attorney, Lawrence Noble, told Reuters. "We've cleared out a lot of negative history, we're looking forward to the future, and hopefully a lot of good things will happen.

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