One of the Isley Brothers’ founding members, Rudolph Isley, has sued his brother Ron on the grounds that Ron registered the trademark for “The Isley Brothers” in his own name without authorization.

The Los Angeles Superior Court case contends that Ron and Rudolph Isley share ownership of the “The Isley Brothers” trademark. However, without Rudolph Isley’s knowledge or approval, Ron Isley filed the trademark in his own name in 2022.

Both an injunction prohibiting Ron Isley from using the trademark without Rudolph Isley’s consent and a judicial declaration that Rudolph Isley and Ron Isley are co-owners of the trademark are sought in the complaint.

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In a statement, Rudolph Isley said, “I am profoundly saddened that my own brother would do this to me. “The Isley Brothers are a legacy we have built together, and I will not let Ron take that away from me.”

The lawsuit hasn’t received a response from Ron Isley yet.

A renowned R&B group that has been active since the 1950s is The Isley Brothers. They have more than 30 albums under their belt and more than 20 Top 40 singles, such as “Twist and Shout,” “Shout,” and “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You).”

The Isley brothers have engaged in a number of court cases, with this lawsuit being the most recent. Rudolph Isley claimed that Ron Isley owed him a percentage of the money made from the group’s music and filed a lawsuit against him in 2011 for breach of contract. Ultimately, a settlement was reached outside of court.

The outcome of the most recent litigation is still uncertain. The Isley brothers’ relationship is still obviously strained, though.

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