Corporate disputes can easily derail any efforts. Puerto Rican boy band Menudo is finding this out firsthand. n 2016, the company’s effort to relaunch the franchise was put to a halt for two years to address business litigation issues.
At the heart of the matter was a trademark dispute over the name of the band, ‘Menudo.” The Puerto Rican band recently resolved the corporate dispute over its trademark. The United States District Court in Miami ruled that the name belonged to Menudo International, LLC. The South Florida group initially acquired the trademark back in 2016. This was done in preparation for a relaunch of the franchise. The franchise dates back to 1977 and is credited with launching the careers of both Ricky Martin and Robi ‘Draco” Rosa. The 1980s group has been involved in a intellectual property dispute with In Miami Productions and Cristina Bruan.
The band has hopes of a successful comeback after a decade of being inactive. Former president of Sony Latin, Oscar Llord, will play an instrumental role in the group’s relaunching efforts. In a recent statement, the former CEO of We R 1 Music Group stated that the group’s decision to relaunch couldn’t have come at a better time. He also said, the group had the ‘potential to dominate the very lucrative pre-teen space.”
During the 1980s, the group achieved tremendous success while dealing with frequent lineup changes. In 1997, the company decided to take a break from the music scene. When the rights to the name were sold, the group changed its name to MDO. The company landed multiple reality shows and took another break in 2009.
Companies in Los Angeles are having to settle corporate disputes involving issues like breach of contract and business fraud. When settling an intellectual property dispute, a business and commercial lawyer should be consulted to resolve the matter earlier on in the process. With the right strategy in place, time and expenses associated with a legal dispute can be reduced.