Singer A 'Great Pretender,' Infringes Platters IP: Founder

Law360, New York (December 19, 2011, 7:00 PM EST) -- The founding member of 1950s vocal group The Platters ramped up a decades-old dispute over the rights to the band's name, filing suit Thursday in Nevada seeking to block a Las Vegas singer from performing as a member of the group.

Herb Reed, who founded the group in 1953, claims Monroe Powell has been taking the stage as “Monroe Powell and the Platters” in violation of the band's trademark. The complaint is the latest broadside in a complex legal battle among former members and managers of...
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