A civil jury has said that Harrahs Casino in Laughlin Nevada is liable for injuries suffered by patrons during the 2002 brawl between the Hells Angels and Mongols Motorcycle clubs.
Las Vegas attorney Brent Bryson on Thursday told the Las Vegas Sun newspaper the same eight-person Clark County District Court jury that found for his clients late Wednesday has returned today to begin determining the dollar amount of damages.
“We obviously disagree with the finding of liability.” said the lead defense attorney, James Olson. Olson indicated the Casino may appeal.
“This wasn’t going to be stopped,” he said of the incident, in which he said Hell’s Angels members stormed into the casino past two armed police officers.
One of the plaintiffs, Michael Bower, claimed in the lawsuit he was caught in the crossfire between the Hell’s Angels and Mongols, with the bikers armed with guns, knives and other weapons. Bower said he dove off his gaming chair to seek cover and suffered a back injury as well as emotional trauma and flashbacks to combat during the Vietnam War.
(excerpted from the Las Vegas Sun News)
Club Settles Lawsuit with French Design House Over Use of Death Head Image
The NY Daily News is reporting today that the design house Alexander McQueen has moved quickly to settle the lawsuit brought by the Hells Angels Motorcycle club over the use of images the club says infringe on it’s trademark.
Also named in the suit were Saks Fifth Avenue department store and online retailer Zappos.com. The defendants will pull all merchandise featuring the motorcycle gangs trademark “death’s head” insignia, reports New York magazine
The agreement requires the defendants attempt to recall all merchandise, including rings, dresses and purses featuring the trademarked design and have the pricy items destroyed destroyed.
In the report, one unidentified member of the club told the Times that many companies feel they can freely use the HA trademarks because they don’t respect the business side of the club. “The reason for them doing it is, I guess, because we’re the Hells Angels, they have this strange idea that we’re all illegal criminals or something.”