Merle Haggard sues environmental group

January 8, 2009 6:15:44 PM PST
Country star Merle Haggard has sued an environmental awareness group, claiming it illegally used his name and likeness to raise money. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Chancery Court against the Green Train and its founder, Robert K. Wolf.

Haggard claims in the lawsuit that the Nashville-based organization exaggerated his involvement with the organization to solicit money, including forging his signature on letters and merchandise.

The Green Train bills itself as a nonprofit that educates the public about environmental issues.

A phone message left with the organization was not immediately returned.