New York: July 20, 2010 —
After a heated year-long court case looming between Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi over the use of the name Black Sabbath, the suit has been officially dropped today in the New York Courts.
In a statement issued today on behalf of Black Sabbath:
"Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi of the legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath have amicably resolved their problems over the ownership of the Black Sabbath name and court proceedings in New York have been discontinued. Both parties are glad to put this behind them and to cooperate together for the future and would like it to be known that the issue was never personal, it was always business."
It was back in May of 2009 that Ozzy Osbourne filed papers in court taking legal action against Iommi after, according to an Ozzy rep, "three years of trying to resolve this issue amicably" over profits stemming from continued touring and merchandising using the Black Sabbath name. In the same 2009 statement Osbourne said "The name "Black Sabbath" now has a worldwide prestige and merchandising value that it would not have had by continuing on the road it was on prior to the 1997 reunion tour. Tony, I am so sorry it’s had to get to this point by me having to take this action against you. I don’t have the right to speak for Geezer and Bill, but I feel that morally and ethically the trademark should be owned by the four of us equally."