Tom Waits settles lawsuit

Singer-songwriter to donate proceeds to charity

Legendary singer-songwriter Tom Waits has settled a lawsuit against German car manufacturer Adam Opel AG and its advertising agency McCann Erickson Germany.

The end to the long-running saga was announced today (January 25).

In a statement from Waits, he quipped, “I’m glad to be out of the car sales business once and for all.”


Waits alleged that the car manufacturer intentionally used the voice of a singer that sounded very much like his own in its advertisements.

A representative from McCann Erickson responded, “We respect Mr Waits, and deeply regret any embarrassment this may have caused.”

The Grammy Award-winning singer sought an injunction and at least $300,000 in damages for breach of various private rights and copyright infringement of music works, according to Billboard.

The amount of the final settlement has not been disclosed, but Waits said he will donate the money to charity.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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