A founding member of Jefferson Starship filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop some of his former bandmates from using the band's name for upcoming performances and merchandise.
Guitarist Craig Chaquico is asking a judge to prevent a new iteration of Jefferson Starship from using the name in the federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco. He claims the group has been using the Jefferson Starship name without permission, and has used his image to promote shows through early 2018.
The lawsuit said the band's members agreed to retire the Jefferson Starship name in 1985 after founding member Paul Kantner left the group.
Chaquico allowed Kantner to use the Jefferson Starship name for several years, but that right ended when Kantner died in 2016, the lawsuit said.
Jim Lenz, to a representative for the new iteration of Jefferson Starship, did not immediately respond to an emailed message seeking comment.