Variety Drops Lawsuit Against Punk Band

Even though Variety originally had a case and proper settlement with regards to Los Angeles punk band The Vandals borrowing a little too closely in terms of font color and style for the cover of their 2004 album “Hollywood Potato Chip,” the trade chose to renew this legal battle in 2010. That strange sequel has now come to an end.

THR Esq columnist Matthew Belloni spoke with the band’s lead singer, Joe Escalante, who represented himself and the band in court. This time around, there is an agreement for each side to walk away and pay their own legal fees. It all adds up to a few more legal scars for Escalante:

“This was the worst thing that’s ever happened to me, and to the band, and the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” says Escalante. “However, as my wife says, the crash course in federal court litigation made me a better lawyer.”

And an even better punk rock wailer against The Man, perhaps? Time will tell. But surely, it’s going to come in handy on Escalante’s weekly Sunday night legal advice radio show.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.