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Bad Wolves & Tommy Vext Reach Settlement In Dueling Lawsuits


The dueling lawsuits between Bad Wolves and their former singer Tommy Vext and been settled. The two parties issued a joint statement on the resolution earlier today, October 28th, it reads:

Bad Wolves and its co-founder John Boecklin, alongside their label Better Noise, manager 10th Street Entertainment, and publisher 5-19, have collectively resolved their disputes with Tommy Vext. A partnership can sometimes lead to divorce. Artists have creative differences and argue over songs, credits, and much more; however, if both sides believe in their own talents, they find a path to go their separate ways.

This is a settlement with no winners and no losers; it’s beneficial to everyone in order to move on and bury the hatchet. This is a new beginning and a bright future for all those concerned. We’re all excited to get back to what’s important, and that’s the music. Bad Wolves and Tommy wish each other the best going forward, and ask that their fans respect this decision.”

The settlement presumably brings to an end a bitter rift between the two parties that erupted after Vext exited the band earlier this year. Vext would go on to file suit against the band’s manager and label head Allen Kovac this past July. That lawsuit and comments made publicly by Vext in the months leading up to it saw him alleging numerous incidents of wrongdoing perpetrated by the band and Kovac, including a concerted campaign to have him ousted from the group for his frequent expression of conspiracy theories and his right-wing political beliefs.

It was also alleged by Vext that Kovac and related parties had been strong-arming him to sign over his share of rights to the group’s name in trade for the rights to material he recorded on his own while under contract with the label. He also further would go on to allege that Kovac belittled him with racial slurs, a claim which Kovac was quick to deny.

Vext‘s suit saw him going after Kovac and co. for breach of fiduciary duty and he was allegedly seeking damages in the tens of millions of dollars. In response, Bad Wolves‘ label Better Noise Music would go on to countersue Vext for copyright infringement roughly a month later, alleging that he had been sharing material he recorded while under contract with the label without their expressed permission.

Outside of the courts, the dispute played out across social media as well, with Vext claiming to have had both a GoFundMe campaign for his solo career and his Instagram platform taken down by his former label.  Various wars of words also played out.

This legal settlement was announced the day before the release of Bad Wolves‘ first studio album with their new frontman Daniel “D.L.” Laskiewicz, “Dear Monsters“.

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