Judge sides with Herb Reed, the only surviving Platter

March 2012


Herb Reed, the only remaining member of the Platters, has secure another victory for original members of 50’s and 60’s bands to retain the use their names after federal Judge Phillip  M Pro issued an injunction against Monroe Powell who had been using the name “The Platters Featuring the Legendary Michael Powell” in performances in Las Vegas and other venues around the country. In his 14 page ruling Judge Pro said “Only You, Herb Reed have exclusive rights to the mark “The Platters.”” He enjoined Powell from using “The Platters” and “any equivalent or phonetically similar names or marks, in connection with any vocal group in any advertisements, promotional, marketing, or other materials. However Judge Pro did allow two exceptions, writing that Powell “may use the mark “The Platters” if the word “Tribute” or “Revue” is included and when displayed or advertised, the word “Tribute” or “Revue” is at least one half the font size of ‘The Platters.” Thirty-three states have passed Truth-in-Music laws prohibiting such performers, and requiring at least one member of the group to have a connection to the original band. A federal law is making its way through congress. Responding to the decision Reed said, “After more than 30 years of court battles that at one time spawned more than 100 groups performing somewhere in the world as “The Platters” the court is restoring my identity to me as the founder and only surviving member of the vocal group. This way, my legacy is and will continue as I intended in 1953.”

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