Administrators of Rick James' estate have launched legal action to block a reunion by two members of the Mary Jane Girls, the 1980s girl group put together by the funk legend.

The band was formed by James and went on to have hits with In My House, All Night Long and Candy Man.

Two of the group's stars, Kimberly 'Maxi' Wuletich and Cheri 'Candy' Wells-Chez, recently reformed for a small tour, but executors of James' estate insist the singers did not ask permission.

In a lawsuit, the estate administrators have asked a judge to ban the pair from performing under the name Mary Jane Girls, which they claim was owned by the late singer.

They are also asking for all profits from the tour.

James died in 2004 at the age of 56.