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(UPDATES ONGOING 4/5/21) Money grab or no? Vicky Cornell is suing the rest of Soundgarden over terms of a "buyout price" for her stake in the band, on behalf of the Chris Cornell Estate.

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Monday, April 5th, 2021 Vicky Cornell's lawyer is accusing the remaining members of Soundgarden of "maliciously" defaming his client. This comes after the band filed a lawsuit claiming that Cornell locked them out of the band's social media sites and their own website. The band is asking a judge to make her hand over the password or share a message saying the platforms are "temporarily suspended" amid "pending litigation." Lawyer Marty Singer claims that Vicky was the one who personally made the accounts and managed them for close to a decade before her husband's death. Singer slammed the band for not knowing the passwords to accounts they claim they own. Singer also says the band wants the accounts to defame Cornell and promote harassment of her family. Former manager Ron Lafitte issued a statement of support for Cornell saying at no time were the members of the band involved in the account before or after frontman Chris Cornell died.

Soundgarden Members Claim Vicky Cornell Changed Social Media Passwords Wednesday, 31 March 2021

The remaining members of Sound Garden are asking a judge for help after they claim Vicky Cornell locked them out of all their social media sites.

The band says Cornell changed the password to their Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, website and other platforms. They want a judge to demand she hand over the passwords or share that the band is suspending its official social media accounts due to pending litigation.

The band has been in an ongoing legal battle with Cornell after frontman Chris Cornell died in 2017 and left his rights to his wife. A hearing about the passwords is scheduled to take place next month.  

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Judge Recommends Dismissal Of Vicky Cornell's Claims Friday, 26 March 2021

A Washington state federal judge thinks two claims made by Chris Cornell's widow against his former band should be thrown out.

Billboard reports the judge found no evidence that Soundgarden was keeping "hundreds of thousands of dollars" of the late frontman's royalties from Vicky Cornell. The judge also believes there's nothing to support the claim the band's manager breached his fiduciary duty to her.

Cornell's lawyer plans to object the recommendation. She first filed suit against the band in 2019, two and a half years after Chris Cornell's death. 

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(2/22/21) The band's camp issued the following statement, "The buyout offer that was demanded by the Estate has been grossly mischaracterized and we are confident that clarity will come out in court. All offers to buy out our interests have been unsolicited and rejected outright. For more than a year, Soundgarden's social media accounts have been hijacked; misleading and confusing our fans. Being a band from Washington State since 1984, we are proud of Soundgarden's musical legacy, work and career. We look forward to completing the final Soundgarden album."  - Soundgarden

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Vicky (and the estate) were originally offered an amount that represents 1/4 of the bands worth, as evaluated by a respected music industry valuation expert. According to the suit filed by Vicky, the offer was insufficient based on the value of an outside investor's offer for Soundgarden's master tapes. Cornell also sued the band in 2019 over rights to multiple unreleased songs.

"As requested by the Estate of Chris Cornell and as required by the laws of the State of Washington, the surviving members of Soundgarden submitted to the Cornell Estate four months ago a buy-out offer of the Estate's interests in Soundgarden calculated by respected music industry valuation expert Gary Cohen. Since then, the band members have continued to try to settle all disputes with the Cornell Estate and in their several attempts to settle, the band members have elected to offer multiple times more than the amount calculated by Cohen. This dispute has never been about money for the band. This is their life's work and their legacy." - Representative for the band 

Whilst they figure it out, let's enjoy Chris' voice from better times..... "Sunshower"  

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