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Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit Against Slipknot’s Business Manager Dismissed


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Ousted Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn‘s individual claim against his former band’s business manager Robert Shore was dismissed in a NY court this morning, November 26th. MetalSucks have words from the proceedings, which saw lawyers for both Fehn and Shore present when the dismissal of the claim was handed down.

Shore himself is now no longer named as an individual in the suit after the residing Justice Melissa Anne Crane found that there wasn’t sufficient evidence tying him directly as a fiduciary to Fehn outside of his duties via his company to warrant the individual claim.

That said, Fehn‘s claim against Shore‘s music business management company, Rob Shore & Associates, has been allowed to proceed for now. Further motions for dismissal from Fehn‘s claims against both Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor and Michael Shawn Crahan are now set to be heard on January 03rd, 2020.

As previously reported, Taylor and Crahan are seeking to have Fehn‘s claim against them dismissed on account of jurisdiction due to it being filed in the state of New York. The pair claimed to have no presence or business ties/dealings within that state outside of live shows.

Also due to be heard on January 03rd is a claim for dismissal by Slipknot‘s business-related entities on account of ‘failing to state a cause of action’ for the claims against them. More details on today’s proceedings can be found over at MetalSucks.

As for the suit itself, Fehn launched it against Taylor, Crahan, the aforementioned Shore and his Rob Shore & Associates and several Slipknot-related business entities (Slipknot Incorporated, Knot Merch LLC, SK Productions, LLC, SK Touring, Inc. and Knot Touring LLC) earlier this year.

He claimed that Taylor and Crahan, with assistance from Shore, had set up several of the entities without his knowledge and were enriching themselves via said entities outside of a general partnership he claimed was established back in 1999 regarding the band’s business interests.

Fehn claimed to have only found out about the other business entities during negotiations for what would become the band’s latest album, “We Are Not Your Kind“. He was fired from the group this past March shortly after filing the suit. More details regarding the original lawsuit can be found here.

For his part, Fehn is said to be seeking an accounting of the Slipknot business structure during his time in the band in a bid to establish any potential damages/lost income. He is also said to be seeking to impose a trust in regards to the Slipknot trademarks in regards to future profits which he feels entitled to (presumably in regards to older merch designs, album sales, etc.).

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