BOSTON (AP) — John Geils Jr. has sued the other members of the band that bears his name for alleged trademark infringement and deceptive business practices after they announced plans to tour without him.
The suit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Boston claims that Geils owns the J. Geils Band trademark and the other members of the band are ‘‘seeking to misappropriate and steal’’ the name. The defendants are Peter Wolf, Seth Justman, Magic Dick and Danny Klein.
Geils’ lawyer tells The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/ReAobs ) that Geils was granted the trademark rights to the band name in 2009.
A lawyer for other band members says Geils sought the trademark without consulting the others.
The band, which dates to the late 1960s, is best known for early 1980s hits ‘‘Centerfold’’ and ‘‘Freeze Frame.’’
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe