The Commodores — who famously and shockingly survived Lionel Richie‘s departure back in the 80s — are now suing an ex-member … accusing him of jacking the group’s name.
According to the lawsuit … Thomas McClary ditched the Commodores 30 years ago — shortly after Richie did — to pursue a solo career … but is now performing again using the Commodores name.
The Commodores — who still perform 30 to 50 shows a year — claim McClary is confusing people by calling his group “The Commodores featuring Thomas McClary” — and by singing all their old hits, including “Brick House” and “Easy.”
The group claims McClary even had the gall to send a legal letter to the real Commodores — warning them to stop trashing him by warning venues where McClary was booked to perform.
The lawsuit wants a judge to disgorge money he made from his deception.