Third Eye Blind Settles
with Kevin Cadogan
After battling hard for over two years, Third
Eye Blind and Kevin Cadogan, their former lead guitarist, settled
their lawsuit following jury selection on the first day of trial.
Although the terms of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality
agreement, Kevin Cadogan was quoted as saying he was, "satisfied
with the settlement".
The case was filed by Cadogan in Federal District
Court, Northern District of California, Oakland Branch. David
D. Stein of Simons & Stein, and his co-counsel, Geoff Spellberg,
represented Mr. Cadogan. Mr. Stein said that the case was hard
fought and if the plaintiff and his team did not have exceptional
tenacity and fortitude they would never have made it across the
Mr. Stein also stated that the case provides
an object lesson for all collaborative artists. "When youre
just starting out and struggling together for success, there are
no problems and everyone loves each other. When the lightning
bolt of success strikes, things change and sometimes self-interests
get promoted over friendship, loyalty or even artistic integrity.
That is why when counseling an emerging band my firm always urges
the creation of foundational agreements. Draft and sign the contracts
when the parties are still flush with goodwill and eager to work
together. Then you can put the agreement in a drawer and maybe
never have to pull it out to resolve a dispute. But if things
do go sour, youve already created a blueprint on how to
settle your differences."