Nirvana lawsuit over Dante’s Inferno art belongs in U.K., L.A. court says
News Mark S. Lee · October 22, 2021
(Reuters) – The band Nirvana escaped claims for now that it misused a U.K. artist’s map of hell depicting Dante’s “Inferno” on its merchandise, after a Los Angeles federal court found the case should be heard in the United Kingdom.
U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer on Thursday dismissed the case and said the U.K. was a more appropriate forum for the copyright claims brought by British citizen Jocelyn Bundy over the pioneering grunge rockers’ alleged use of her grandfather’s British art.
Bundy’s attorney Inge De Bruyn of Modo Law said she was disappointed in the ruling and was considering an appeal.
Nirvana’s label Universal Music Group and attorney Mark Lee of Rimon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did Live Nation Merchandise, which Bundy had accused of selling infringing products, or its attorney Zia Modabber of Katten Muchin Rosenman.
Rimon has 45 offices across five continents. The firm is widely known as being at the vanguard of legal innovation. The firm has been repeatedly recognized by the Financial Times as one of North America’s most innovative law firms. The firm’s Managing Partners were both named ‘Legal Rebels’ by the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal and have spoken on innovations in the practice of law at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools. Rimon and its lawyers have also received numerous awards for excellence, including from Best Lawyers and Chambers.