Beginning Next Week: InsideCounsel will become part of Corporate Counsel. Bringing these two industry-leading websites together will now give you comprehensive coverage of the full spectrum of issues affecting today's General Counsel at companies of all sizes. You will continue to receive expert analysis on key issues including corporate litigation, labor developments, tech initiatives and intellectual property, as well as Women, Influence & Power in Law (WIPL) professional development content. Plus we'll be serving all ALM legal publications from one interconnected platform, powered by, giving you easy access to additional relevant content from other InsideCounsel sister publications.

To prevent a disruption in service, you will be automatically redirected to the new site next week. Thank you for being a valued InsideCounsel reader!


Stone Temple Pilots may continue without Scott Weiland

A 1996 legal partnership saved the 1990s grunge band from foundering

Scott Weiland can’t seem to live without drama of his own making. But his former band, Stone Temple Pilots (STP), doesn’t have to worry about Weiland interfering anymore.

Yesterday, a lawyer for the band said that STP may go on without its former lead singer, and there’s nothing Weiland can do about it because a 1996 partnership agreement they signed said so.

This case, which was brought on by a series of events, dates back a few months. In February, three members of the four-person band kicked Weiland out, claiming his lateness and destructive behavior was negatively affecting the members. The partnership agreement the band members signed some 17years ago allowed a majority of band members to vote out any other member.

But when Weiland began using the STP name to promote his own solo career last month, the remaining three band member sued him. Weiland countersued, claiming the three band members wrongfully conspired to kick him out of the band.

"How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics, and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves?" Weiland's lawsuit said.

The 1996 agreement also gives the band intellectual property rights to the name Stone Temple Pilots.

Read more celebrity legal news.


Cathleen Flahardy

Bio and more articles

Join the Conversation

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.