Purely speculation on my part, but presumably Epitaph still own certain rights to songs recorded during that period. I'd guess that's why they were able to put out Mission From God (recorded during Ignition sessions) in '05, a good 8 years or so after the band left for Columbia... So if they own the label owns the rights then saying the band are 'current' isn't necessarily a lie?
Didn't Epitaph help distribute the re-release of Ignition and Smash? I don't know if that matters, since it's a couple of years ago, but maybe that's why?