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Weiland countersues Stone Temple Pilots

By | Published on Tuesday 4 June 2013

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Scott Weiland is countersuing his former bandmates in a lawsuit that seeks a $7 million damages settlement for his ousting from Stone Temple Pilots, and a court order to stop his ex-colleagues from using the band’s name.

As previously reported, the rest of the Pilots went legal last week in a dispute that has been rumbling on since February, when the band announced Weiland had been fired, something the frontman said his bandmates didn’t have the power to do.

The dispute seems to have come to ahead after the remaining Stone Temple Pilots performed with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. In the band’s lawsuit, they claimed Weiland had asked his lawyers to put pressure on radio stations not to play a new Bennington-fronted track they had put out, he claiming that their use of the STP name violated his trademark rights.

Exactly who owns the rights to the Stone Temple Pilots name isn’t clear, though both sides now seem set to demand that the other refrain from using the moniker. Presumably reps for all parties will now be trying to negotiate some kind of settlement, though there seems to be enough resentment on both sides here to make this a messy one.