Drummer George Hunt, who works at the Daily Press, recently announced that he and his bandmates are changing their band's name to Slapnation to avoid further argument with Carl over who owns the rights to the name Slapwater.
Through a lawyer, Carl Hunt issued a statement on Friday. In it, he contends that his nephew, George Hunt, did not succeed in securing legal rights to the Slapwater name.
"Carl Hunt will now enforce his rights and ownership of the Slapwater name within the State of Virginia based on his ownership of the Slapwater State Trademark Registration ...," the statement reads.
George Hunt, who is Carl's nephew, responded later in the day saying that he simply decided not to pursue the trademark matter.
"I chose to withdraw it, just to avoid any dragging the family name through the mud and any embarrassment for him," George Hunt said. "No matter what we call ourselves, our fans will come see us. They’ve let us know that repeatedly.
"I wish him (Carl) the best and his band the best. I’m looking forward to pushing Slapnation to the next level."
Hunt said that he's to become a father for the first time in December. "I’m also looking forward to being a dad and teaching the next generation of the family how to play music."
Carl Hunt expects to relaunch Slapwater within the next six months, his lawyer, Deidre McAuley, said Monday.
Here's the Carl Hunt statement in full.
THE ORIGINAL SLAPWATER BAND CONTINUES ITS LEGACY
Slapwater Band has always been one of the best bands on the Peninsula. Their reputation speaks for itself. Together, brothers Carl and Kenny Hunt started the band along with other band members, and over the years built the reputation of the Slapwater Band to be what it is today.
The original Slapwater Band was always known for its ambitious performance scheduling, playing of festivals, corporate parties and weddings along the Peninsula. Presentation and professionalism have always been their motto.
This past year has been a nightmare for Carl Hunt. His nephew, George Hunt III, has attempted to smear Carl’s reputation amongst Slapwater’s many fans and plotted to oust him - the only remaining original founding members of the Slapwater Band-from the band.
“How do you fire an original founding member of a band?” asked Hunt.
Carl Hunt vowed in April 2012, to fight for the Slapwater name and strong reputation of excellence that both he and his brother worked tirelessly for over the years. Carl set out to reclaim his name and his reputation, and that of the original Slapwater Band.
“The issue of the name rights will be settled,” stated Attorney Deidre McAuley of McAuley and Associates, representing Carl Hunt. “Carl Hunt has successfully blocked the federal trademark registration of the name Slapwater that was submitted by George Hunt III in March 2012. As of May 10, 2013, according to the records at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Amy Marino Attorney for George Hunt III withdrew the application for trademark during the middle of the Opposition proceeding initiated by Carl Hunt, upon request for documents to support any notion that George Hunt III is the rightful owner of the Slapwater name.”
“Trademark Trial and Appeal Board entered judgment against the Applicant George Hunt III on May 14, 2013. Mr. George Hunt III knew that he would not be able to prove ownership of the Slapwater name as he was not a member of the band until the late 2000s nor could he prove that he was granted licensing privileges for use of the Slapwater name. Carl Hunt will now enforce his rights and ownership of the Slapwater name within the State of Virginia based on his ownership of the Slapwater State Trademark Registration and the Slapwater LLC formed.”
Slapnation Band is not affiliated with the original Slapwater Band.
After Kenny Hunt’s death in February 2007, and as stated by the band members at that time, in an article in the Daily Press on February 20, 2007, “Slapwater will continue without Mr. Hunt. Leadership will fall to his brother, Carl Hunt, another founding member of the group.”
“I plan to continue the legacy and reputation that my brother and I worked so hard for over the past 40+ years, as I am the rightful owner of the Slapwater name,” stated Carl Hunt. “We are coming back very soon.”