Merle Haggard sues environmental awareness group over illegal use of his name

January 9th, 2009 - 6:15 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Jan 9 (ANI): American country music singer Merle Haggard is suing an environmental awareness group for using his name and image illegally to solicit money.

The suit was filed on January 8 against Nashville, Tennessee environment advocates the Green Train, and the papers claimed that the group forged his signature and exaggerated his involvement in their workings to raise funds.

By using Mr. Haggard’’s name and other aspects of Mr. Haggard’’s identity to promote the Green Train project under these circumstances, defendants create the false impression that the project has been operated in a credible, ethical and legal fashion, when in fact that is not the case, Contactmusic quoted the lawsuit as stating.

Haggard’’s legal team also stated that any continued association with the Green Train could harm his reputation, and they are now seeking unspecified damages from the group and its founder, Robert K. Wolf.

According to legal documents, Haggard donated 20,000 dollars to the group, as well as agreeing to attend a concert and train tour the organisation has planned for April (09).

But the star alleges the Green Train misused details of his personal involvement in a bid to drum up more money and support.

It also claims the group forged letters with his signature and sent them to fellow country stars, including Dolly Parton, Jewel, Vince Gill and Amy Grant. (ANI)

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