Al Jardine and Mike Love, founding members of the Beach Boys and longtime courthouse combatants, have settled their five-year legal dispute over the use of the band’s name.
Documents filed in Los Angles Superior Court indicate the case was settled March 19th, though no details were made available.
Love and trustees of the Carl Wilson trust filed cross-complaints in response to Jardine’s original infringement suit, including a charge that it was who Jardine had infringed on the band’s name.
Jardine and Love reached an agreement after a two-day conference in L.A. Superior Court, attorney Lawrence Noble, who represents Jardine, said March 20th.
"Mr. Jardine feels very happy and feels that this is a friendly settlement that allows them to focus on the talent and future of this American iconic band," Noble said.
Love Sued Jardine in 2003, claiming he fronted a group that used various versions of the Beach Boys name. The lawsuit said Love was the sole licensee to perform under the name, and that Jardine was denied use because he did not agree to abide by terms of a proposed license.
Love was seeking $2 million in court costs and $1 million he said Jardine collected from using the name.
A judge ruled in January that the case could go to trial. It was set to begin April 14th.
The Beach Boys were founded in 1961 by brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, their cousin Love and Brian Wilson’s friend Jardine.
Dennis Wilson died in 1983 and Carl Wilson died in 1998.