Unsigned Dallas-based rock band Echo Drain has filed an eight-count trademark-infringement lawsuit against former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, his new group, and his record label, Chophouse Record

Unsigned Dallas-based rock band Echo Drain has filed an eight-count trademark-infringement lawsuit against former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, his new group, and his record label, Chophouse Records, Billboard Bulletin reports. The suit -- filed last week in L.A. District Court -- alleges that the name of Newsted's new act, Echobrain, causes "confusion" or "deception" among music consumers.

The suit says Newsted "deliberately" used the Echobrain name to infringe on Echo Drain's rights and material, including pirating a song title for his band's eponymous debut album.

"When you go out and buy Web sites that are not in your name but in the name of the competitor, it not only shows that you know who they are; it shows that you want to hurt them," says Echo Drain's lawyer, Morris Getzels.

Echo Drain -- whose members have performed with Willie Nelson, the Dead Kennedys, and Chronic Disorder, according to the suit -- seeks at least $1 million in damages and unspecified punitive damages, says Getzels. An Echobrain spokesperson declined comment.

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