ABBA settles lawsuit against tribute band over name Abba Mania

NEW YORK: Swedish pop supergroup ABBA has settled a lawsuit accusing a British cover band of using the Abba Mania name without permission.

ABBA had filed a lawsuit Dec. 3 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, accusing Abba Mania executives of “parasitic conduct and bad faith” for sacrificing its fame and goodwill and tricking fans into believing that ‘ABBA had approved Abba Mania.

He also accused the defendants of denying his request to change his name and the abbamania.com site, or to use “ABBA Tribute” in a way that would not confuse people.

ABBA dismissed its trademark infringement suit with prejudice after a settlement was reached, according to a filing Thursday. One of the band’s lawyers told Billboard that Abba Mania would stop using that name.

Lawyers for ABBA and Polar Music International AB, which handles the band’s business affairs, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday.

Abba Mania’s defendant companies, Handshake Ltd of Manchester, England, and TAL Entertainment Ltd of Bicester, England, did not immediately respond to similar claims.

Abba Mania billed itself as “London’s original West End tribute!”

Its website includes disclaimers that “Abba Mania is [in] in no way associated, affiliated or endorsed by Polar Music or ABBA.”

Founded in 1972, ABBA has sold around 385 million records, with songs including “Waterloo”, “Dancing Queen” and “The Winner Takes It All”. The band’s songs were the basis for a hit Broadway musical and two movies.

The band released their first new album in 40 years, “Voyage,” in November and are planning a stage show featuring digital avatars of their members replicating their 1970s looks.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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