Lindsey wasn't the spark when the band formed in the late 60s and he wasn't the spark as they soldiered on in the early 70s after Peter Green lost the plot. He was certainly crucial for the '75 - '87 phase, but he was never the primary songwriter in the same way as BW was for the Beach Boys. Of course, many of their most well known hits were written by Christine and Stevie. Let me be clear: I'm a big fan of what Buckingham brought to the band and am sympathetic to him in many ways, but while I can't claim to understand all of the legal underpinnings of this case, this strikes me as a very cutthroat move and a sad development in what must be (close to) the closing chapter of their career. FM has been a "spent force" creatively for some time and obviously the others are content to be a crowd pleasing greatest hits jukebox at this point. What gives him the right to impose his will for what the band should be on all of the others?