Press Release: “Settlement Reached in Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Lawsuit”


Settlement Reached in Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Lawsuit

Ariel Pink announces that a settlement has been reached in the case entitled Aaron Sperske v. Ariel Rosenberg a/k/a Ariel Pink, et al. The dismissal of the lawsuit ends more than a year of litigation.

On August 15, 2012, Aaron Sperske, a former drummer of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, filed a lawsuit against the band and individual musicians Ariel Pink, Tim Koh, and Kenny Gilmore. The Complaint alleged that the band members expelled Sperske from the band in violation of a purported “oral partnership” agreement.  Sperske sought future band revenues and a million dollars in punitive damages.

After the defendants defeated Sperske’s Motion for Summary Judgment, and the Court vacated a default judgment it had previously issued against the band, the parties amicably agreed to settle the case. The terms of the settlement are confidential. (Read the Court’s Order here.)

“We are very pleased with the results of this case, and that it has been settled to the satisfaction of all of the parties,” said attorney Dan Kapelovitz who, along with attorney Steven Derelian, was specifically brought into the case by Pink to settle the matter. “Ariel Pink and the other musicians can now focus on creating music instead of defending a federal lawsuit.”


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