(Hollywood, CA) In what has become a major upset for the pop punk community, all involved in the production and sales of the song “Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn’t Get Sued” (From Under The Cork Tree, 2005) are, in fact, being sued.
The song, first on the album, was intended to be called “My Name Is David Ruffin And These Are The Temptations;” the boys of Fall Out Boy were made to change the title only at the behest of their label and their lawyer, who were concerned about possible legal repercussions from the estate of the aforementioned David Ruffin.
However, it isn’t Ruffin’s estate that is going to take the band to court later this summer; rather, it is their “Our Lawyer.”
“I never told them that they could mention me either, technically,” “Our Lawyer” said in a recent interview.
When asked why now seems the most opportune time to pursue legal action, “Our Lawyer” said “I haven’t needed the money until now. Don’t feel bad for them, they’ve got plenty. Plus, they’re liars, even if they are the best. They were only ever good for the latest trends, and at best they got me in with B and C-list celebrities. I deserve more for the time I put in.”
Later, “Our Lawyer” emailed me, asking to add this: “My only regret is that I will very much miss having them around to give me fashion advice. I would never have discovered fedoras without good old Patrick.”
Personally, I feel that “Our Lawyer’s” case doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance. Hopefully we’ll know soon – but it very well may be after Christmas before we know.
This article was written by Maggie McAlister, who wasn’t typically allowed to listen to this Hot Topic music growing up, and as such didn’t discover her love for FOB until four years ago. If you’re a member of the band, follow her on Twitter @madmaggs21! She’d love to get a drink sometime at any of the gin joints in the world.