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Variety and The Vandals settle punk lawsuit over album cover

Showbiz trade Variety will be settling its long-running lawsuit against O.C. punk band The Vandals

The newspaper initially came after the group for their use of lettering on the 2004 "Hollywood Potato Chip" album cover, claiming it resembled their trademarked logo

The band changed the cover and agreed to pay $50,000 and attorneys' fees if the artwork should ever resurface. In 2010, lawyers for Variety sued the band, claiming they had breached the deal when images appeared on various websites. 

Joe Escalante, the Vandals' bassist/lawyer, told the Hollywood Reporter that this "crash course in federal court litigation" was the worst thing "that's ever happened to me, and to the band, and the hardest thing I've ever done." 

Escalante claimed the band wasn't behind the website postings and openly spoke out against Variety's lawyers on the band's website: