Soundgarden’s lawsuit with late frontman Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell over the band’s unreleased album and royalties was moved from Florida to Washington state earlier this month, according to the Seattle Times.
Soundgarden had wanted the case to be contested in Washington, and the Florida judge gave them a win with the decision, moving the case to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Vicky claimed Cornell working his vocals for Soundgarden’s album in Florida, and there has been a dispute between her and the band over the vocal files. Vicky is alleging misconduct when it comes to being paid Soundgarden royalties. Soundgarden’s unreleased album includes the songs “Road Less Traveled” and “Orphans.”
In a new update we have found in court documents, a trial by jury has been demanded by Soundgarden. In a defendants’ notice of appearance, Soundgarden state, “Without waiving any objections, defenses, claims, or counterclaims, attorney Paul H Beattie, of Gravis Law, PLLC, who regularly practices before this Court, hereby appears on behalf of Defendants, Soundgarden, a Washington General Partnership, Kim A. Thayil, Matt D. Cameron, and Hunter Benedict Shepherd. Mr. Beattie also appears on behalf of Counter-Plaintiff Soundgarden Recordings LLC (See Answer and Counterclaims, ECF 68). Defendant Soundgarden is also a Counter-Plaintiff (Id.)
Mr. Beattie had already appeared in this case as part of the trial team on behalf of Defendants on a pro hat vice basis, before the Southern District of Florida, he appears again now as a Washington counsel pursuant to LCR 83.1 and this Court’s Letter of August 12, 2020.
All Parties are notified that service of all further pleadings, notices, documents or other papers in this case, exclusive of service of process, must be made upon Defendants and Counter-Plaintiffs by serving attorney Paul H. Beattie by ECF.”