As previously reported, The Offspring bassist Gregory “Greg K.” Kriesel recently filed a federal lawsuit against frontman Bryan “Dexter” Holland and guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman over trademark infringement and breach of partnership agreement over the band’s name. Now, the group have responded with a cross-complaint, denying all of Kriesel’s accusations.
Kriesel, who has been absent from the band’s recent touring, claimed Holland and Wasserman “devised a scheme, and entered into a conspiracy with each other” last October to “seize the business, business opportunities, and assets” of the group’s partnership agreement. He also alleged that they tried to “divest [him] of his partnership interests and rights, without fair compensation” and “deny [his] continued status as a general partner of the Partnership.”
Holland and Wasserman are now asking the court to appoint “three disinterested appraisers to appraise the fair value” of Kriesel’s shares of the band. According to Forbes, the duo’s cross-complaint said the following:
“Setting aside the obvious legal arguments that there could be no such thing as an oral, permanent partnership, or a partnership which required two people to perform in perpetuity, or indeed that anybody could be compelled to perform music publicly with anybody else for a single performance no less for an endless string of performances, Kriesel’s arguments have no basis in fact.”