Megadeth lead singer Dave Mustaine has sued the band’s former bass player for allegedly using the name of the group without permission in an advertisement for musical equipment.
The suit filed yesterday (July 25) in Los Angeles Superior Court claims Mustaine and David Ellefson entered into a settlement agreement in February that restricts the guitarist’s use of the band name. Ellefson left Megadeth in 2002 after 17 years in the band.
“Ellefson shall not use, or authorize anyone else to use, the work or mark ‘Megadeth” to advertise, market or promote any person, band, company, organization, product or services without Megadeth’s prior express written permission,” according to the lawsuit.
Mustaine said an ad in this month’s issue of Bass Player magazine features Ellefson holding a pedal tuner for bass guitars and includes the names of several bands he is involved with, including Megadeth.
Mustaine is seeking unspecified compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages.
In related news, Megadeth has parted ways with Sanctuary Records, which released its last three albums.
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