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French booking company barred from using 'The Gladiators' name

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2015 | 10:44 AM

Al Griffiths, son of the legendary Albert Griffiths and the leader of the The Gladiators has been granted an order by the Supreme Court barring Jeffrey Cabel Stephenson and Cartel Concert, a French booking company from using the name 'The Gladiators'.

Stephenson was allegedly attempting to use the name to promote a tour across Europe that was to start on October 2, 2015.

The injunction was granted on Monday by Justice Sonia Bertram Linton  and is to be in effect  for 28 days.

This is not the first time Griffiths is getting an injunction from the court preventing Stephenson from using the name The Gladiators.

In 2008, Stephenson  allegedly attempted to misrepresent three young dancehall acts as The Gladiators at the annual Family Fun Day and Dance at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.

On that occasion, Griffiths got an an injunction on New Year's Day and served him on the night of the event preventing them from using the name.

Al Griffiths when questioned about his court action said; “There comes a time when we as Jah children and the inheritors of such a rich legacy as The Gladiators have to stand up and defend what is rightfully ours using the law that is available to all us."

“I was pleased by the swift action of my lawyer Mr Chukwuemeka Cameron and the judge."

Stephenson is not a stranger to The Gladiators as he used to work with Albert Griffiths, its founder and the leader.

The Gladiators is one of Jamaica’s oldest original roots reggae touring bands that tours across Europe and South America every year for the past 50 years.

It has tours booked for the remainder of the year.

The band has  produced hits such as Hello Carol and Jah Works.