The Commodores suing former bandmate

The Commodores suing former bandmate

TODAY'S COMMODORES: Singers William King (L) Walter Orange (C), and J.D. Nichols of the Commodores backstage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Associated Press/Frank Micelotta

Soul band The Commodores are suing former bandmate Thomas McClary for allegedly using the group’s name without permission.

The “Easy” hitmakers, who reached their peak in the 1970s, still perform regularly despite the departure of Lionel Richie and McClary in the 1980s to pursue solo careers.

According to the lawsuit, obtained by, McClary is allegedly using The Commodores’ name for his current shows. They claim he is confusing fans by calling his group The Commodores featuring Thomas McClary and singing their greatest hits.

The current line-up is seeking the money McClary made from the performances which he used their name to promote.

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