Appeals court upholds dismissal of 'Soul Man' suit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Sam Moore may be "The Legendary Soul Man," but a federal appeals court says he doesn't have sole use of the title.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the dismissal of Moore's suit against the Weinstein Company and MGM studios.

Moore sued the companies, claiming the 2008 film "Soul Men," starring the late actor Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson, bore too much of a resemblance to himself and one-time singing partner Dave Prater Jr.

Moore and Prater, who died in 1988, performed together for two decades. Their hits include "Soul Man," and `'Hold On, I'm Comin."'

Judge Deborah L. Cook wrote that the movie and promotions may have had some resemblance to Moore, but were different enough to not violate any claim by Moore

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