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A judge sides with Soundgarden in lawsuit fight with Chris Cornell’s widow

In the long legal fight between the three surviving members of Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell, Chris’ widow, the latest round has gone to the band.

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that in December 2019, Vicky claimed that Soundgarden was witholding “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in royalty payments from her. There was also a claim that Rit Vererus, the band’s manager didn’t have Vicky’s best interests at heart.

There was a February 2020 counter by the band, saying that she Vicky was trying to take ownership of unreleased songs that were owned by the entire band, not just by Chris.

Billboard reports that judge Michelle Peterson has ruled that neither of these allegations has merit. No royalties have been withheld because the band owns everything until they vote to distribute those royalties. The claim is that Chris wasn’t part of this partnership when he died so Vicky has no claim to them. They were only required to offer her a buyout for her portion of the band.

Meanwhile, Vererus is blameless because he’s not her advisor.

There will be another legal review of this whole thing. But that’s still not the end of it because this past February, Vicky sued the band again, saying that the buyout they offered wasn’t enough. That is still pending.

This ain’t over yet, so the release of any final Soundgarden material featuring the vocal demos Chis left behind is still a long way off.

(Via Loudwire)

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One thought on “A judge sides with Soundgarden in lawsuit fight with Chris Cornell’s widow

  • Never have I witnessed the widow / girlfriend of a famous rock star utterly destroy the musician’s reputation and legacy the way VK and her common and illiterate have done to the late ,great Chris Cornell.The mother in law doesn’t seem quite right in the head and shows photos of her draped over C C looking adoringly into his face like she was his geriatric piece on the side .NOT NORMAL behaviour,neither the old lady of Vicky have behaved with any class ,I don’t notice any other famous musician’s widow behave in such a ridiculous way and as for hijacking Soundgarden ‘s Twitter account password for the last 3 yrs is just childish .I wish the band a lot of luck in their court case and now nearly 4 yrs has elapsed I truly hope you get a new vocalist too Alice in Chains came back triumphantly ,so can Soundgarden


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