Songwriter Edward Townsend has filed a five-count lawsuit against R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo, MCA Records, and others, alleging copyright infringement, unfair competition, and violation of the Lanham

Songwriter Edward Townsend has filed a five-count lawsuit against R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo, MCA Records, and others, alleging copyright infringement, unfair competition, and violation of the Lanham Act, Billboard Bulletin reports.

Townsend contends that K-Ci & JoJo's tune "Just For Your Love" -- which appears on their 1997 multiplatinum MCA album "Love Always" -- bears "striking similarity" to his 1957 copyrighted composition "For Your Love."

The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, also names as defendants "Just For Your Love" co-writers Genard Parker and Gloria Stewart and the writers' various publishers: EMI Music Publishing, Famous Music, and Get'n Paid Music. Townsend seeks damages to be determined, court costs, and attorneys' fees.

K-Ci's (real name: Cedrick Hailey) onstage behavior was the subject of a separate suit filed late last year by a Los Angeles family, after he allegedly exposed himself during a Dec. 16 concert at the city's Shrine Auditorium. According to the suit, Hailey partially disrobed during the set, danced "provocatively" with fans, and finally "dropped his boxer shorts exposing his genitals to the crowd."