Facebook.com/TheJGeilsBandMost of the J. Geils Band's original members recently announced plans for a new reunion tour, while explaining that because of an ongoing legal dispute, the group's namesake and founding guitarist, John Geils Jr., wouldn't be joining them. Now, Geils -- the man, not the band -- has initiated a lawsuit against his longtime musical collaborators Peter Wolf, Seth Justman, Richard "Magic ****" Salwitz and Danny Klein, charging them with trademark infringement and deceptive business practices.
According to The Boston Globe, John Geils filed suit this past Wednesday in a U.S. District Court in Boston, claiming the group members' plan to hit the road under the J. Geils Band moniker without him shows that they are "seeking to misappropriate and *****" the name.
John Geils was awarded the rights to the J. Geils Band name in 2009, but James Weinberger, an attorney for Wolf, Justman, Salwitz and Klein, says the guitarist made the move behind the backs of his clients.
Meanwhile, Chuck Grimes, an attorney for Mr. Geils, said, "At the end of the day, the rights of Mr. Geils will be upheld over the rights of any other claimant. It's his name."
He also noted, "There's nothing that would stop [the other band members] from billing themselves as 'formerly of the J. Geils Band.'"
The J. Geils Band, sans Geils, currently have 14 concerts scheduled in the coming months, according to their official Facebook page.
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