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Scott Weiland Files Countersuit Against Stone Temple Pilots

weiland2f-1-webYou had to have seen this coming. There’s been nothing from drama lately between Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots, and now they’re hitting the courts.

Weiland was booted out of the Stone Temple Pilots back in February and has been touring as Scott Weiland and the Wildabout, but has been calling it the “Purple at the Core” tour and has been performing STP songs. The STP have recently moved forward with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington to replace Weiland on vocals.

Weiland claimed the band couldn’t actually fire him as the founder and central member of the STP. The band has been saying otherwise and even sued Weiland for misusing the band’s name to boost his solo career. They asked that he be blocked from using the group’s name and catalog.

Last Friday, Weiland struck back with a countersuit. He is looking for at least $5 million in compensatory damages. Oh, and he says that his former bandmates conspired against him in firing him.

“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 said in his complaint. “You don’t, but three of the instrumentalists from the band Stone Temple Pilots tried.”

Weiland also brought up a partnership agreement signed by the band in 1996, which was amended in 2010. According to Weiland, the agreement allows each band member to perform solo. He also says that under the circumstances, the agreement says that the band has to play under a different name separate from him. In addition to the $5 million-plus in compensatory damages, Weiland is also looking for reimbursement for statutory damages of up to $2 million for every “willful use” of the STP name “per mark, per type of goods or services sold, offered for sale or distributed.”

Last week, before Weiland filed his countersuit, the band spoke out to fans regarding the lawsuit. “Our purpose in taking this action is not to hurt Scott. We want to move forward productively, and Scott’s choices and actions have prevented us from doing that,” Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz wrote on the STP website. “Without getting into legal details, the band has a binding agreement that clearly states what each of us can and cannot do outside of STP. Unfortunately, many of the decisions Scott made violate this agreement, have been harmful to the band and prevented us from moving forward.”  

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