Last year (14), bandmates Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope joined forces with four fans to sue officials at the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after objecting to a report which labelled their devotees, known as Juggalos, gang members.

They alleged their constitutional rights of free expression and association and due process were violated by the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, and claimed they had been subjected to police harassment because of the designation.

Their suit was thrown out of a federal court in Michigan last summer (Jul14), but the plaintiffs appealed, and on Thursday (17Sep15), officials at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the case should continue.