The End is Near for Legal Dispute Among the Doors

by Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – The end is near for a bitter legal dispute between the three surviving members of The Doors now that the California Supreme Court has refused to take up their case.

Keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger are on the hook for more than $5 million after they were found by lower courts to have improperly invoked The Doors’ name and images during a 2003 concert tour.

After the high court declined to hear their appeal on Aug. 13, they’ll have to pay up to drummer John Densmore, the parents of the deceased lead singer Jim Morrison and the parents of Morrison’s deceased wife, Pamela Courson, who died in 1974.

The case goes back to 2002, when Densmore declined an offer from the other two to go on a concert tour as The Doors. Densmore said he didn’t object to Manzarek and Krieger touring and singing The Doors’ songs, as long as they didn’t call themselves The Doors, use the group’s distinctive logo or any other Morrison-era imagery.


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