ABBA settles lawsuit against tribute band over name Abba Mania

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Swedish pop group Abba: Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus pose after winning the Swedish branch of the Eurovision Song Contest with their song ‘Waterloo’, February 9, 1974. Image: Reuters/Olle Lindeborg

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

ABBA had filed a lawsuit Dec. 3 in United States District Court in Manhattan, accusing Abba Mania executives of “parasitic conduct and bad faith” for sacrificing its fame and goodwill and making people believe to fans that ABBA endorsed Abba Mania.

She also accused the defendants of denying her request to change the name and site of abbamania.com, or of using “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 class attorneys said Billboard that Abba Mania will stop using this 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.

The corporate defendants of Abba Mania, Handshake Ltd. of Manchester, England, and TAL Entertainment Ltd. of Bicester, England, did not immediately respond to similar requests.

Abba Mania billed himself as “The Original Tribute from London’s West End!”

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. J.B.

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