THE TACOMIC


Pay-to-Play Gorilla Music Productions vs. Girl Trouble

A lesson in Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP)
posted Apr 27, 2010
THE TACOMIC - Pay-to-Play Gorilla Music Productions  vs. Girl Trouble (Tacoma, Girl Trouble, Gorilla Productions, Lawsuit, Sue, SLAPP, Cry Babies, Freedom of Speech Rights)
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This Tacomic deals with the age old story of 900 pound Gorilla [Productions] meets Girl [Trouble] and $25,000 lawsuit hilarity ensues. If you haven't been following the story over at the Weekly Volcano, I'll give a brief summary: Aging hipster Tacoma band Girl Trouble is getting her pants sued off by an apparently evil pay-to-play music promoter with some kind of furry gorilla cosplay fetish. The details get a little furry... eh fuzzy.. round the bits that deal with the gender of the Girl Trouble's drummer, but the most exciting bits deal with the first-amendment-protected ideas encapsulated on this NEVERPAYTOPLAY [dot] COM website. Now If I were to give my expert op/ed cartoonist opinion this is a prime example of a SLAPP suit in the wild.  May justice prevail.



by NineInchNachos on 4/27/2010 @ 12:49am
see also:

www.feedtacoma.com/forum/police-crime-sc...

by marumaruyopparai on 4/27/2010 @ 1:25am
As usual, first-rate work Mr. Anderson. Thanks for links to the low down on this whole crazy debacle.

by Mark Monlux on 4/27/2010 @ 6:01am
The gorilla's nipples look like old fashion radio dials.

by NineInchNachos on 4/27/2010 @ 8:01am
Nipple Radio or not, tune in next week for an all new cartoon!

by droid116 on 4/27/2010 @ 8:52am
Not unlike the mysterious fifth Beatle, it is evident from the comic that Mario is the fifth Girl Trouble. I would have liked to have seen him jumping a barrel.

Which one of the band gets to wield the mallet?

by Altered Chords on 4/27/2010 @ 9:15am
I saw Girl Trouble at the New Frontier a few months ago. I am embarassed to admit that I did not know the drummer was a girl until all this publicity.

Maybe they had a sub that night?

by fredo on 4/27/2010 @ 10:37am
girl drummers:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dJUnh6N8-U

by NineInchNachos on 4/27/2010 @ 12:14pm
all good suggestions Professor Fry.

by NineInchNachos on 4/27/2010 @ 12:21pm
So the Girl Trouble website has mostly photos of the band from i'd estimate a decade ago... but here on the weekly volcano website we see an updated depiction of the band..

Girl Trouble

being a rock star takes its toll.

by Non Sequitur on 4/27/2010 @ 3:38pm
I'd hardly call them "stars".
"Washed up, aging rockers" seems more appropriate.

by NineInchNachos on 4/27/2010 @ 4:09pm
if they were truly washed up nobody would want to sue them.

Go Go Girl Trouble! Show these guys the T-Town Cleveland Steamer!

by Altered Chords on 4/27/2010 @ 4:39pm
I can tell you first hand that they have quite a fan base. Nothing like the Beatles circa 1968 but fans none the less.


by NineInchNachos on 4/27/2010 @ 4:51pm
just got a nice email from Bon Von Wheelie. Tacoma bands are nice.

by Dave_L on 4/27/2010 @ 5:41pm
It's like Altered Chords said above. And not only fan-base, but a huge friend-base throughout the Tacoma cultural scene. Solidified long before the internets and before many people we know came to Tacoma or were even born, for that matter.

by NineInchNachos on 4/27/2010 @ 6:59pm
Mr. Altered Chords and other Musicians...
Have you ever paid to play?

by Mark Monlux on 4/28/2010 @ 6:28am
Have you ever played the 100 Monkeys event?

by izenmania on 4/28/2010 @ 8:35am
Mark, I already called dibs on the CLAW 100th Monkey music.

by Altered Chords on 4/28/2010 @ 8:45am
I have never paid to play. My typical fee includes cash, food and strong drinks.

If I started paying friends, I would probably get more people to show up.


by Altered Chords on 4/28/2010 @ 8:45am
Nachos: Was the Tacoma band Motopony nice? Did they ever send you a nice email?

by Thorax O'Tool on 4/28/2010 @ 9:05am
Motopony? Eh... not that they suck, but they suck. Sorry, DB. Nothing personal, but that type of music is really NOT my cup of tea. And the guitar missing strings still bothers me.

As for Girl Trouble, they're quite a bit better. The sort of remind me of a throwback to the era of The Sonics.

by Altered Chords on 4/28/2010 @ 9:47am
I'd be interested in hearing from the younger local bands that perform originals. I think these are the targets of the pay to play promoters.

Unfortunatley, Altered Chords Productions is not dialed into the pop/rock/alt/indy scene. Otherwise we would promote local bands without making them pay. We are under staffed, over worked and all of our chief promoters sales time/energy is used up in telecom.

by Thorax O'Tool on 4/28/2010 @ 9:58am
Maybe I should get my metal band REGOLITH out there...

"We only know two chords, but they're POWER chords!"

by NineInchNachos on 4/28/2010 @ 10:45am
@Altered Chords

not even a good bye email. *sniff*

by Altered Chords on 4/28/2010 @ 11:20am
cold. after all you did for them.

by NineInchNachos on 4/28/2010 @ 12:23pm
Seattle bands just aren't neighborly

by NineInchNachos on 5/28/2010 @ 11:27am
girl trouble in City Arts!

www.cityartsmagazine.com/issues/tacoma/2...

by NineInchNachos on 7/29/2010 @ 3:14pm
Mr. Driscoll with an update:

www.weeklyvolcano.com/entertainment/spew...

by Altered Chords on 7/29/2010 @ 4:05pm
Is the publicity actually helping Girl Trouble/ B.V.W.?

by NineInchNachos on 12/28/2011 @ 7:15pm
UPDATE!!! 

BIG GIRL TROUBLE NEWS!!!! GORILLA VS. GT: WE’RE OUT OF OHIO!! 

We are so thrilled to announce that after a year and a half, the Ohio court has finally ruled on Gorilla Productions Vs Girl Trouble. The judge ruled in our favor and dismissed the case. This means that we will not be forced to have a trial with Gorilla Productions in Ohio. It was a long, tough battle. This is the ruling (Gorilla Productions is the Plaintiff and Girl Trouble is the Defendant):

THIS CAUSE CAME ON FOR CONSIDERATION UPON DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO DISMISS PLAINTIFF'S COMPLAINT FOR LACK OF PERSONAL JURISDICTION. BASED ON THE EVIDENCE BEFORE THE COURT, AND VIEWING THAT EVIDENCE AND PLAINTIFF'S ALLEGATIONS IN THE LIGHT MOST FAVORABLE TO THE PLAINTIFF, THE COURT FINDS THAT PLAINTIFF HAS FAILED TO ESTABLISH THE EXISTENCE OF JURISDICTION OVER ANY OF THE DEFENDANTS, AND THAT GOOD CAUSE EXISTS FOR THE GRANTING OF DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO DISMISS. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED THAT PLAINTIFF'S COMPLAINT AND FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT BE DISMISSED FOR LACK OF PERSONAL JURISDICTION. JUDGMENT ACCORDINGLY. IT IS SO ORDERED. COURT COST ASSESSED TO THE PLAINTIFF(S). NOTICE ISSUED

From Bon: I will be writing on this in depth later but I just wanted to give special thanks. First, to my three band members. We were all sued for my opinions (aka free speech) on my website neverpaytoplay.com. When I brought the bad news to Kurt, Bill and Dale they never once told me to shut down my website. That would have been the simple solution. Just remove it and apologize. They said they’d stand behind me, even in the face of being named in this lawsuit. They were supportive through every step of this very long and tough process. I knew that’s how they’d react. We always back each other up but this was the true test. We also frown on bullying.

I want to thank my family. They heard all my complaining, bitching, crying, through this ordeal. They were my solid support through all of it. It wasn’t easy for them either.

I want to thank our friend and attorney, Wade Neal. I couldn’t have gone through this without him. He was supportive, and calm (when I was flipping out) and always gave me very thoughtful and solid advice. Later, I will be sharing all the mountains of paperwork from both sides and you’ll be able to see Wade’s beautifully written briefs. He’s really good. We were lucky to have him on our side. Thanks Wade! You rock!

I also want to thank our Ohio attorney, Suzanne Bretz Blum. When you get sued in another state, you have to hire somebody who is registered to practice there. Wade found Suzanne to represent us on the Ohio side. While Wade did the heavy lifting, Suzanne was able to present the paperwork in Ohio and give us ideas on how everything works there. They made a great team.

And I want to thank all of you: everybody who gave me encouragement, asked us how it was going, listened to my ranting. The music community (not only from the Northwest but everywhere) really rallied around this and I appreciated that more than I can say. We weren’t alone in this fight. 

We won this battle. There may be more. Gorilla Productions could decide to sue us again, but they’ll need to file it here in Washington State. So for now, we consider this recent ruling a huge victory. Hooray for free speech! 

by NineInchNachos on 1/5/2012 @ 9:47am
via Matt Driscoll www.weeklyvolcano.com/mudroom/features/2...

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2012 @ 8:05pm
update!  Girl Trouble has won.  They stood up to the stoopid lawsuit and bloody won. 
Bon Wheelie has written up a fun complete timeline of events here
www.neverpaytoplay.com/Lawsuit/&Gori... 

REMEMBER KIDS, NEVER PAY TO PLAY! 

by cisserosmiley on 5/18/2012 @ 7:18am
If you "pay to play" it's a pretty good sign you are full of crap with your music