Daryl Hall Granted Restraining Order Against John Oates After Filing Mysterious Lawsuit


A temporary restraining order against John Oates has been granted to Daryl Hall, who filed an enigmatic lawsuit against his Hall & Oates bandmate.

On November 16 in the Nashville Chancery Court, Hall and his trust, The Daryl Hall Revocable Trust, filed a sealed complaint against Oates and two co-trustees of The John W. Oates TISA Trust, PEOPLE can confirm.

The same day, Hall’s attorneys filed a motion seeking a temporary restraining order against Oates. After obtaining a $50,000 restraining bond, the motion was approved on November 17.

On Monday, Oates and his co-trustees, Aimee Oates and Richard Flynn, received summonses. On Wednesday, a pro hac vice motion was submitted, indicating that one of the parties sought the involvement of an attorney from outside the state in the legal matter.

Representatives for Hall, Oates, and Hall’s attorney did not immediately reply to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The bandmates have taken breaks from Hall & Oates in the past, but their most recent performance as a duo was during a series of concerts in 2022.

Regarding the possibility of the “Rich Girl” musicians reuniting for a new album anytime soon, Hall voiced doubt in March 2022. “I’m not sure. I do not intend to collaborate with John. Whatever, really. We’ll see in time,” he said to The Los Angeles Times.

During an appearance on the Club Random with Bill Maher podcast in September 2022, Hall opened up about the state of his relationship to Oates. “You think John Oates is my partner? … He’s my business partner. He’s not my creative partner,” he said at the time.

“John and I are brothers, but we are not creative brothers. We are business partners,” continued Hall. “We made records called Hall & Oates together, but we’ve always been very separate, and that’s a really important thing for me.”