Dando sued GM and advertising and licensing firms in federal court Thursday, claiming the automaker violated his copyright on The Lemonheads song "It's a Shame About Ray." The complaint alleges the song was re-recorded and included in a 2008 TV campaign for Chevrolets and Buicks.
Dando seeks damages and a portion of profits from the campaign.
GM, which sought federal bankruptcy protection this week, and the licensing firm Asche & Spencer Music, Inc. did not immediately respond to calls Friday.
The Lemonheads had several hits in the 1990s, including "Into Your Arms" and a remake of "Mrs. Robinson."