Bob Seger and Chris Campbell Embroiled in Legal Battle Over Contracts And Royalties
The Silver Bullet Band leader has countersued his band’s bassist who filed for five breach of contract charges against Rock Storm Ltd., a company owned by the former, among others.
AceShowbiz -Classic rocker Bob Seger and his longtime Silver Bullet Band bassist Chris Campbell are heading for a legal spat over contracts and royalties.
The pair has filed suit against each other in Oakland County Circuit Court in suburban Detroit, Michigan.
Campbell and his wife, Courtney, fired off first in April with five breach of contract charges against Rock Storm Ltd. – a company owned by Seger and administered by his longtime manager Edward Andrews – and Hideout Records & Distributors Inc., which manages Seger’s recordings.
Three of the counts related to tours in 2014, 2017, and 2018, and two counts address alleged unpaid recording royalties.
Seger’s attorneys have now responded, denying those claims and making counterclaims against Crisco Inc., the corporate company name used by the Campbells.
Both sides are now seeking unspecified damages as well as a jury trial.
Seger and Andrews have released a joint statement, in which they claim they have “loyally supported our friend for 45-plus years”, shortly after the initial lawsuit landed, which suggested Seger’s accountant embezzled from all parties.
In Seger’s counterclaim, the rocker’s attorneys note, “Instead of suing the person who stole the money, Plaintiff is attempting to recover from Defendants. At no time have Crisco or the Campbells offered to return the embezzled funds.”
Campbell, who began recording with Seger in the mid-1970s, is also claiming he’s owed royalties from several album releases, but Bob’s attorneys insist he was paid session fees and does not have a contract “or any legal right of any kind to royalties earned on songs recorded by Seger”.
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