It seems the curse of Liberty X strikes again.
Just 12 months after Britain's best loved 'Popstars' rejects had to change their name, the same thing looks like it may well have to apply to PALO ALTO.
But the question is, which one?
Manchester based four piece PALO ALTO were formed in December 2000 and have been using the name ever since. This year had started so well for them, with their recently released 'Wades Into Water' single having received enthusiastic reviews.
Nevertheless, a four piece from the States entitled PALOALTO are about to release their debut single 'Fade In/Out' on American Recordings on February 10th, as well as a series of dates in the UK including an NME BRATS show on the 4th February and a tour with John Squire during the same month.
So who gets to keep the name?
Do Manchester's Palo Alto have the rights to use the name in England on account of them having used it for the last two years?
Or have the newcomers from the USA Paloalto had the name copyrighted internationally on account of their major label status and therefore tighter legal control, meaning that Manchester's Palo Alto have been infringing it for two years?
Or will there be any legal battle at all bearing in mind the American version spell 'Paloalto' as one word while their Mancunian counterparts 'Palo Alto' spell their name as two seperate words?