March 10, 2006

Hells Angels sue Disney over movie plans

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hells Angels has sued Walt Disney
Co., claiming that a planned movie about a group of motorcycle
riders called "Wild Hogs" infringes on its trademark name and
skull logo.

A Disney spokesman said the suit was without merit.

"Wild Hogs," which has not yet begun filming, is a story
about "a group of middle-aged wannabe bikers look(ing) for
adventure out on the open road, where they encounter a chapter
of the Hells Angels," according to the tag line on Internet
Movie Database (

In the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of
California on Wednesday, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp. said
the characters in the movie are identified as members of the
club and wear trademark logos, although in the suit the club
said Disney had not given it a copy of the script.

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation was formed in 1948
in California's San Bernardino area and describes itself as a
group of motorcycle enthusiasts.

Law enforcement officials have frequently linked the group
to drug trafficking, racketeering and other criminal
activities, but it was also recently paid $990,000 by the Santa
Clara County for a botched raid of the club's property in 1998.