Scott Weiland has filed a countersuit against his former bandmates in Stone Temple Pilots.
Rolling Stone reports Weiland filed a countersuit last Friday in response to STP’s lawsuit accusing him of misusing the band's name to further his solo work and requested that a judge block him from using the group's name and catalog.
Weiland is seeking compensatory damages "in excess" of $5 million, along with statutory damages of up to $2 million for each "willful use" of the Stone Temple Pilots name "per mark, per type of goods or services sold, offered for sale or distributed."
Stone Temple Pilots performed last month with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington on vocals, which would represent one count of Weiland's sought-after statutory damages.
"How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves?" Weiland's complaint reads. "You don't, but three of the instrumentalists from the band 'Stone Temple Pilots' (the 'Band') tried."
As evidence, Weiland has highlighted a partnership agreement signed by Stone Temple Pilots in 1996, and amended in 2010 – seemingly the same agreement cited by the band in their own lawsuit. Weiland argues the agreement allows each band member to perform on his own, and says the band kicked him out to continue performing as Stone Temple Pilots; under the agreement, Weiland says, they would be forced to play under a different name if separate and apart from him.
Read more at Rolling Stone here.
Weiland is currently on the road playing a short, west coast leg of his “Purple At The Core” solo tour with his solo band, The Wildabouts.
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