A new filing in the lawsuit between the widow of Chris Cornell and Soundgarden indicates that their dispute over unpaid royalties may soon be resolved.
Last month, Vicky Cornell filed the suit in the Miami Division of the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of Florida. She is accusing the surviving members of Soundgarden — Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Hunter Benedict Shepherd — and business manager Rit Venerus of not paying her royalties. The defendants are accused of attempting to force her to hand over unreleased recordings Cornell made before he committed suicide in May of 2017.
Cornell has insisted that her husband made the recordings without the participation of Soundgarden, so they have no rights to them. In spite of this, she has maintained that she’s willing to provide the recordings, but only if her husband’s producer is involved in the album project. Furthermore, she wants to be kept in the loop regarding the marketing of the album, with the intention to adhere to her husband’s general philosophies.
However, she says that, while the band initially acceded to these demands, they have since reneged and demanded the recordings unconditionally while also asserting ownership of them.
In the new filing, the defendants are asking for an extension to answer the complaint. It is specified that the extension is directly related to a possible resolution of the matter.
The defendants want to extend the deadline to respond from January 15 to February 3, and this request is not being opposed by the plaintiffs in the case. They further say: “Moreover, Defendants Venerus and Cal Financial are exploring a possible resolution of this matter. Accordingly, the additional time to respond is in the interest of judicial efficiency.”
So, we should know in the next few weeks whether this “possible resolution” comes to fruition or not.