Original RATT singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini have taken control of the band’s name after a judge ruled against drummer Bobby Blotzer with respect to whether Croucier had committed trademark infringement by using the RATT name and logo to advertise his band RATT’S JUAN CROUCIER back in the fall 2015. On top of that, the judge also decided that the corporation called ‘WBS, Inc.’, of which Blotzer and DeMartini were thought to be the sole shareholders, did not in fact own the RATT name and brand , as they were still owned by the members who were part of the original RATT partnership agreement, being Pearcy, Croucier, DeMartini and Blotzer.
Under a 1985 written Ratt Partnership Agreement, the name/trademarks are the property of the partnership and can only be transferred with the unanimous approval of all partners. Thus, in 1997 when Blotzer, DeMartini and Pearcy purported to transfer the trademarks to WBS, that transfer was invalid since Croucier, who was still a partner, was never advised of, and therefore did not consent to, the transfer. Thus, the partnership still owns the RATT name.
According to a press release by Pearcy, DeMartini and Croucier, drummer Bobby Blotzer has now been expelled from the RATT partnership. Blotzer will now have no further interest in the RATT name and may now only refer to himself as a “former member of RATT,” as per the partnership agreement. DeMartini, Pearcy and Croucier look forward to continuing to tour as RATT and thank their fans for all the ongoing support.
Pearcy, Croucier and DeMartini along with guitarist Carlos Cavazo and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (WHITE LION, MEGADETH) performed as the “surprise band” on October 1 on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise West, also known as Monsterwood. Video of that appearance can be seen below…