Chris Cornell’s Family Reach Settlement With Doctor Who Prescribed The Singer Drugs

According to Deadline, Chris Cornell’s family have reached a settlement with the late Soundgarden frontman’s former doctor Robert Koblin. This news comes after Cornell’s widow Vicky previously filed a malpractice suit against Koblin after accusing him of prescribing drugs that led to the singer’s suicide.

Attorneys for the Cornell family had the following to say in some court papers:

“After years of litigation and settlement negotiations, plaintiffs and (Dr. Robert Koblin and Robertson Cardiovascular Center LLC) have reached a confidential settlement agreement to resolve all claims asserted by each plaintiff. Unfortunately, as with many celebrity cases, this action has also attracted the attention of troubled individuals who have harassed plaintiffs, including by threatening the life and safety of plaintiffs Toni Cornell and Christopher Nicholas Cornell.”

Vicky originally filed the suit due to Koblin allegedly prescribing Chris 940 doses of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam (aka Ativan) and doses of Oxycodone during the last 20 months of his life. The suit went on to say that the doctor was writing prescriptions without re-examining Chris, despite the fact that he had a history of addiction. It also mentioned that Lorazepam can lead to impaired judgment and increased suicide risks in those that are prone to addiction and that Koblin did not warn Chris about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts.

For his part, Koblin claimed that Chris was aware of the dangers associated with the anti-anxiety medication he was prescribed and that he asked to “not to be informed” of potential side effects. He was also previously seeking to have the suit dismissed, saying that he was covered by a malpractice law that protects doctors during the death’s of certain patients.

Former Puddle Of Mudd Guitarist Paul Phillips Sues Hospital Over Brain Injury

According to TMZ, Paul Phillips (ex-Puddle Of Mudd) has filed a lawsuit against Florida’s Baptist Medical Center Of The Beaches and two doctors after claiming that the treatments he received from them led to a brain injury. The guitarist was admitted to the hospital in November 2019 after dealing with an altered mental status and a possible seizure and initial tests showed that had low sodium levels. However, Phillips says that when the doctors tried to bring the levels back up, they rose too quickly. He then returned to the hospital three days later with a seizure. An MRI also showed that he suffered brain damage, which he believes was related to the treatments he was given. Phillips went on to claim that he is still undergoing treatment for seizures and other neurological problems at the Mayo Clinic and that the issues are hurting his ability to play music.

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Sued By Woman Injured In Bonfire Incident

Late last year, As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis ended up suffering burns to 25% of his body after trying to use gas to light a bonfire. Now, it has been revealed that a woman named Vivienne Barcena has filed a lawsuit against the frontman due to injuries she sustained during the same incident. According to FOX5, Barcena filed the suit in a San Diego Superior Court last week. She claims that Lambesis put an accelerate into the fire causing it to “explode out,” resulting in her suffering burns to her arm, back and mid-section. She went on to say that the burns also left her with scars. Notably, Lambesis’ parents were also named as defendants in the suit, since the incident occurred at their house. This news come after Lambesis recently revealed that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year. It also comes as the musician has continued to face controversy in the metal world ever since he was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his former wife in 2013.

Marilyn Manson’s Attorney Comments On Esmé Bianco’s Lawsuit: “These Claims Are Provably False”

As previously reported, actress Esmé Bianco (“Game Of Thrones”) has filed a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson and his former manager Tony Ciulla after accusing the shock rocker of disturbing instances of abuse and human trafficking. Now, Manson’s attorney Howard E. King has commented on the suit in a statement that was sent to the Associated Press. You can read that below:

“These claims are provably false. To be clear, this suit was only filed after my client refused to be shaken down by Ms. Bianco and her lawyer and give in to their outrageous financial demands based on conduct that simply never occurred. We will vigorously contest these allegations in court and are confident that we will prevail.”

Nirvana Sued For Using Illustration From Translation Of Dante’s “Inferno” On Band Merchandise

A lawsuit has been filed against Nirvana due to the use of an illustration from a translation of Dante’s “Inferno” on various pieces of merchandise. Jocelyn Susan Bundy, the granddaughter of artist C.W. Scott-Giles, filed the suit against Nirvana LLC, Live Nation Merchandise LLC and its Merch Traffic LLC unit, and Silva Artist Management LLC.

According to the lawsuit, the drawing in question has been used since 1997 on pieces of merchandise that were sold in stores such as Walmart, H&M and Hot Topic. Here’s what was said in the complaint [via Blabbermouth]:

“On or about January 20, 2021, Plaintiff discovered that Defendants NIRVANA and Live Nation Merchandise are (and have been) licensing, promoting, selling, manufacturing, and distributing vinyl records, t-shirts, sweaters, hoodies, key fobs, mugs, patches, buttons, and other merchandise items depicting an image virtually identical to the Illustration both in the U.S. and abroad.

On or about March 11, 2021, Plaintiff discovered that, sometime after February 13, 2021, Defendant Merch Traffic also started promoting, licensing, selling, and distributing Infringing Products in the U.S. and abroad.”

“Further research revealed that some of the unauthorized uses of the Illustration on NIRVANA-branded merchandise date as far back as 1989. Further research also revealed that over the years, the band NIRVANA and parties acting on its behalf have routinely made false claims of ownership of the copyright in the Illustration by placing false copyright notices on the Infringing Products in substantially this form ‘© [Year] Nirvana’.

Finally, in documents filed in two other copyright actions before this Court, Defendant NIRVANA has implied that Kurt Cobain created the Illustration or, in the alternative, that the Illustration is in the public domain in the United States, and that, therefore, NIRVANA and its licensees are free to use it without authorization or compensation. NIRVANA and some of the other Defendants have maintained this position in their responses to Plaintiff’s continuing requests to cease their wrongful conduct in the U.S. and abroad.”

Australian Politician Ordered To Pay $1.2 Million After Losing Twisted Sister Copyright Case

According to The Guardian, Australian politician Clive Palmer has lost a copyright case involving the unauthorized use of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Palmer will now be required to pay AUS$1.5 million (approximately $1.17 million) in damages.

This news comes after Palmer changed “We’re Not Gonna Take It” to “Aussies Not Gonna Cop It” in 2019 as part of a political campaign. Since he didn’t get permission to use the track, Universal Music filed a copyright lawsuit in February 2020. Ultimately, the case went before federal court justice Anna Katzmann, who ruled that Palmer’s song was a “substantial” reproduction of “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

Palmer tried to argue that Twisted Sister made the song by ripping off “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” but that argument didn’t pan out. A representative for the politician also claimed that the campaign did try to get the rights to the song, but they didn’t pursue things further due to a AU$150,000 fee. Katzmann commented:

“I do not accept that Mr Palmer honestly believed at any relevant time that his use of the copyright works was lawful.”

Dee Snider also commented on Twitter:

Actress Esmé Bianco Files Lawsuit Against Marilyn Manson For Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking

Actress Esmé Bianco (“Game Of Thrones”) has filed a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson and his former manager Tony Ciulla. This news comes after she previously accused the singer of abuse and human trafficking.

According to Rolling Stone, Bianco filed the suit in a California court earlier today (April 30) and it says that the shock rocker drugged, tortured and raped her from 2009 to 2011. This includes cutting her “with a Nazi knife during sex,” using “drugs, force, and threats of force to coerce sexual acts from Ms. Bianco on multiple occasions,” engaging in sexual acts while she was unable to give consent, and “spanking, biting, cutting, and whipping Ms. Bianco’s buttocks, breasts, and genitals… all without the consent of Plaintiff.”

Bianco also alleged that Manson and Ciulla “violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act” by “bringing her from London to Los Angeles under the pretense that she would be acting in a music video that never came out and a film that was never made.” She also added that since the singer sponsored her work visa, he “was able to control [her] by threatening to withdraw support if she displeased him.”

The suit also said that Manson would force Bianco into “unpaid labor,” which included “serving and preparing food for [him] and his guests, cleaning his apartment, consulting on his album, providing uncredited backup vocals during the creative process for the album Born Villain, and being offered up to his guests and bandmates to ‘spank.’” It went on to say that Manson also “implied that because he had brought Ms. Bianco to the United States and provided housing, she owed him labor and sexual intimacy.”

Bianco also claimed that Ciulla and his management company were aware of the abuse and let it continue for financial benefits. Former assistants were said to have discussed Mason’s abuse with Ciulla, but “management had a vested interest in supporting his violent tendencies to encourage the creation of his ‘art’ and the promotion of the brand of Marilyn Manson.”

Bianco is currently seeking an unknown amount of damages. She told Rolling Stone the following:

“As millions of survivors like myself are painfully aware, our legal system is far from perfect. This is why I co-created the Phoenix Act, a law which gives precious additional healing time to thousands of domestic violence survivors. But while I fight for a more just legal system, I am also pursuing my right to demand my abuser be held to account, using every avenue available to me.

For far too long, my abuser has been left unchecked, enabled by money, fame and an industry that turned a blind eye. Despite the numerous brave women who have spoken out against Marilyn Manson, countless survivors remain silenced, and some of their voices will never be heard. My hope is that by raising mine, I will help to stop Brian Warner from shattering any more lives and empower other victims to seek their own small measure of justice.”

This news comes after one of Manson’s latest accusers, actress Bianca Allaine, said that she was planning to speak with the FBI.

Vicky Cornell Responds To Soundgarden’s Motion To Regain Control Of Their Social Media Accounts

As previously reported, Soundgarden recently filed a new motion in an effort to get Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell to hand over control of their social media accounts and official website. Now, Vicky’s lawyer Marty Singer, the band’s former manager Ron Laffitte, and Vicky herself have all commented on those demands.

Soundgarden previously said that their former management company Patriot Management were in control of the login information for their accounts until the company was terminated in October 2019. After that, all the information was handed over to Vicky, who is allegedly “holding [it] hostage.” The band also claimed that Vicky has acted as “Soundgarden” on social media and has let all of their accounts fall into “a state of neglect.” After hearing the news, Laffitte, Singer, and Vicky all issued statements via Chris’ Instagram account:

Laffitte:

“During my six years working with Chris Cornell and Soundgarden, Chris and Vicky always controlled all of Soundgarden‘s social media accounts, both directly and through their own personal social media representative. At no time were any other members of Soundgarden involved, and this was true both before and after Chris died. Because of this, Soundgarden‘s attempt to seek an injunction in connection with the social media accounts is surprising to say the least.”

Singer:

“Ms. Cornell‘s forthcoming motion will expose the truth about the Soundgarden‘s supposed social media accounts. Ms. Cornell created the social media accounts; grew the accounts by allowing them to trade on Chris‘ then-existing, popular accounts; devoted her personal time and money in growing these accounts as Soundgarden displayed absolutely no interest in social media (unless it was to promote their solo projects). Ms. Cornell has overseen these accounts for close to a decade. The fact that Soundgarden is unaware of the user-names and passwords for their alleged “own” accounts confirms their utter lack of involvement in creating, growing and maintaining their alleged accounts.

Soundgarden solely wants the social media accounts in order to maliciously defame Ms. Cornell, provoke her online stalkers (as Matt Cameron has done continuously) and to instigate third-parties to harass Ms. Cornell and her minor children.

Moreover, while they now claim a sense of urgency, Soundgarden‘s claim are a stale repacking of the claims that they filed in the Florida court in May of 2020.”

Vicky:

“Sadly the other three Soundgarden members now object to a celebration of Chris‘ voice even as they take legal action to demand the use of his vocals.

In their latest attacks they claim to be against the “no one sings like you anymore” hashtag — even though that was taken from Chris‘ lyrics from “Black Hole Sun” that was created and used by fans all over the world as a mark of respect and in tribute to him since the day after he died.

My children and I are so grateful to the fans for the love and respect you have all shown to him and thereby us since that tragic night.”

A separate post also included the #noonesingslikeyouanymore hashtag, along with another one that says‘#thatswhytheywantyourvocals.

This news comes after a judge recently recommended the court to dismiss two of the claims that Vicky filed against Soundgarden. Those included her claim that the band were withholding “hundreds of thousands of dollars” worth of royalties and her claim that the group’s business manager Rit Venerus breached his duty to look after her best interests. The final decision will now be made by presiding judge Robert S. Lasnik.

As previously reported, Vicky initially filed a lawsuit against the band in December 2019 over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. That suit said that the group had been withholding money in an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings” that Vicky claimed Chris wrote alone while living in Florida. She also said that she offered to share the tracks with the band if they respected Chris’ wishes by releasing them in a certain way and having his producer involved, but they allegedly refused. Vicky also accused guitarist Kim Thayil of putting her and her family in danger by suggesting that she is preventing the release of a new Soundgarden album.

Soundgarden then filed a countersuit against Vicky and Chris’ estate in May 2020 with accusations of “fraudulent inducement.” They claimed that Chris co-authored five of the recordings in question with other members of the band. They also said that their January 16, 2019 set at the Chris Cornell tribute show was done for free to benefit charity, but Vicky never provided them with a full list of donations. However, the latter accusation was dropped in July 2020.

[via The PRP]

Journey Reach Settlement With Steve Smith And Ross Valory Following Alleged “Corporate Coup D’État”

Journey have officially resolved their legal dispute with ex-bassist Ross Valory and ex-drummer Steve Smith. This news comes after guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain filed a lawsuit against the former members following an alleged “corporate coup d’état.”

Journey’s management Q Prime commented:

“The members of the band Journey who were parties to a recent lawsuit (Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain, Steve Smith and Ross Valory) are pleased to announce that they have resolved their differences and reached an amicable settlement agreement. Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain acknowledge the valuable contributions that both Ross Valory and Steve Smith have made to the music and the legacy of Journey. Ross Valory and Steve Smith wish their former bandmates well and much success in the future. Journey looks forward to continuing to tour and make new music for their dedicated fans around the world.”

As previously reported, Journey’s new lineup consists of guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, vocalist Arnel Pineda, bassist Randy Jackson, drummer Narada Michael Walden, and second keyboardist Jason Derlatka.

[via Blabbermouth]

Soundgarden File New Motion Against Vicky Cornell To Regain Control Of Their Social Media Accounts

There has been another development in the legal battle between Soundgarden and Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell. According to Billboard, the band have filed a new motion in an effort to get Vicky to hand over control of their social media accounts and official website.

The group said that their former management company Patriot Management were previously in control of the login information until they were terminated in October 2019. After that, all the information was handed over to Vicky, who is allegedly “holding [it] hostage.” The court filing also included an email from Patriot that said the following:

“Vicky [Cornell] has since changed all the social media passwords for the band accounts and will not share them with [Patriot] as she wants the band, and I quote, ‘to sue her for them’.”

The band also claim that Vicky has acted as “Soundgarden” on social media and has let all of their accounts fall into “a state of neglect.”

This news comes after a judge recently recommended the court to dismiss two of the claims that Vicky filed against Soundgarden. Those included her claim that the band were withholding “hundreds of thousands of dollars” worth of royalties and her claim that the group’s business manager Rit Venerus breached his duty to look after her best interests. The final decision will now be made by presiding judge Robert S. Lasnik.

As previously reported, Vicky initially filed a lawsuit against the band in December 2019 over royalties and the rights to seven unreleased tracks. That suit said that the group had been withholding money in an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings” that Vicky claimed Chris wrote alone while living in Florida. She also said that she offered to share the tracks with the band if they respected Chris’ wishes by releasing them in a certain way and having his producer involved, but they allegedly refused. Vicky also accused guitarist Kim Thayil of putting her and her family in danger by suggesting that she is preventing the release of a new Soundgarden album.

Soundgarden then filed a countersuit against Vicky and Chris’ estate in May 2020 with accusations of “fraudulent inducement.” They claimed that Chris co-authored five of the recordings in question with other members of the band. They also said that their January 16, 2019 set at the Chris Cornell tribute show was done for free to benefit charity, but Vicky never provided them with a full list of donations. However, the latter accusation was dropped in July 2020.