Ed McMahon has sued a non-profit veterans’ aid organization for allegedly using his name without permission.
McMahon, in a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, said he had given American Veterans Assistance Corp. permission to list him as a member of its honorary advisory board before learning the organization had been sued by governmental agencies for alleged fundraising improprieties.
As a result, McMahon said, he withdrew permission for use of his name or likeness late last year and was assured his request would be honored.
This month, however, McMahon said he learned that AVAC “apparently had sent out promotional materials” using his name and likeness and “falsely representing him as AVAC’s national spokesman and honorary board member.
The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and an injunction against use of McMahon’s name, likeness, signature, photograph or voice.