Slipknot's Chris Fehn

Chris Fehn Has Withdrawn His Lawsuit Against His Ex-Slipknot Bandmates


It would seem that the rumors of ex-Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn‘s lawsuit against Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor and percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan going to settlement may have turned out to be true. Fehn was fired from the band in early 2019, shortly after he filed suit against the aforementioned pair and their business manager Rob Shore.

Per his suit, Fehn argued Taylor and Crahan, with the assistance of Shore, had setup several businesses related to the Slipknot trademarks without Fehn‘s knowledge. Fehn would allege in the suit that Taylor and Crahan were unjustly enriching themselves via those ventures outside of a general partnership he claims was established to equally distribute the band’s revenues.

Among the Slipknot-related business entities he named in his suit were Slipknot Incorporated, Knot Merch LLC, SK Productions, LLC, SK Touring, Inc. and Knot Touring LLC. Most recently it was revealed that Fehn‘s claim of Taylor and Crahan breaching the implied general partnership was dismissed as Fehn was unable to convincingly satisfy the court of the partnership existing. In light of that claim being dismissed, Fehn‘s unjust enrichment claim was also dismissed.

Fehn had been seeking a detailed history of the band’s accounting to establish damages and discover any potential revenue owed to him. In late September of this year it was revealed that the suit had gone to mediation, with the presumable intent of a settlement being reached.

Now Rock Feed have caught wind that Fehn‘s lawsuit against his aforementioned former bandmates was formally withdrawn October 29th, 2020. A document filed with the New York Supreme Court on that date reads in part as follows:

“Plaintiff CHRISTOPHER FEHN, by and through his undersigned counsel, and pursuant to NY CPLR ยง R3217(1), hereby affirms that the above-entitled action, be and the same is, hereby discontinued as against ALL DEFENDANTS, with prejudice and without costs to any party and this notice may be filed with the Clerk of the Court without further notice.”

That the suit is being withdrawn with prejudice means the matter is viewed as permanently settled and won’t be able to be brought up again in the courts. Whether or not a settlement was reached between the two parties is unclear, though the previous reveal of mediation would suggest that may be how the case played out.

In a statement issued on March 18th of 2019, Slipknot addressed their firing of Fehn as follows:

‘…Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot. We would have preferred he not take the path that he has, but evolution in all things is a necessary part of this life.

Long live the Knot.”

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