The Lynyrd Skynyrd case abounds with classic rock lore, and that’s why it’s been in the news. But the case should also attract the attention of law nerds. Even though it’s a U.S. federal case and it relies on U.S. legal authorities, it touches on some classic common law contract principles.
The decision upholds a 1988 “consent order” reached between the band’s surviving members and their heirs. That order is a contract that sets out the conditions under which the rock band’s name can be used. Read more….