Alice in Chains sued
2013-05-18 by Roberto Del Conseccenseio | 63 Comments

The mother of deceased Alice in Chains lead singer Layne Staley has sued her son’s former
bandmates, claiming they cut her out of royalties owed on the band’s hits.
Staley’s mother Nancy McCallum contends the surviving members of Alice in Chains owe her
half of the money due Staley – about 16 percent of the hard rock band’s income. According to
the lawsuit, the band has attempted to cut her out of any further payments.
Attorneys for the band contend McCallum illegally attempted to trademark the Alice in Chains
name and that she has already been paid far more than she is due. Staley’s ex-bandmates also
say Staley’s heirs will be able to collect royalties on songs he wrote or co-wrote, while
arguing McCallum no longer has a role in the band’s business decisions.
Staley was the best known member of Alice in Chains during the band's 1990s heyday, which
saw the release string of hit albums including the quadruple platinum “Dirt.”


The band has not yet responded to the lawsuit, which was filed May 2 in King County Superior
Court.


Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Mother-of-Alice-In-Chains-frontman-sues-
dead-4507093.php#ixzz2TbhZdDju


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ababygoat91
May 18th 2013

9 Comments


This woman is lazy and wants to milk them for all they're worth. She will lose this hard.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 18th 2013

20767 Comments


what a bitch

Gwyn.
May 18th 2013

15005 Comments


Bullshit

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YoYoMancuso
May 18th 2013

11000 Comments


Layne would not be at all happy about this

InbredJed
May 18th 2013

5786 Comments


"SOME SAY SHE'S NAIVE,

SHE'S A STUPID BITCH!"

Ire
May 18th 2013

41753 Comments


damn id sue if a bunch of lazy alt metal niggas was ripping me off fuck you guys


Ichigo900
May 18th 2013

67 Comments


That's really dirty of her.

Spec
May 18th 2013

27107 Comments


get a job

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FiveLeavesLeft
May 18th 2013

9838 Comments


What a bitch

Uranium
May 18th 2013

7078 Comments


Yes, let her try to sue you guys for 2 records worth of money that Layne Staley had no part in. This should be entertaining.

DominionMM1
May 18th 2013

9785 Comments


lolice in chains. wonder if anyone read the link.

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Tyrannic
May 18th 2013

3261 Comments


Was it her on bass or what

RogueNine
May 18th 2013

1224 Comments


Backing vocals maybe?

DrGonzo1937
May 18th 2013

5467 Comments


Bitch be crazy

Maniac!
May 18th 2013

26250 Comments


This is what happens when you cut your hair

MyNameIsPencil
May 18th 2013

553 Comments


she ain't gonna win this lel

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Ricochet
May 18th 2013

1767 Comments


wait..? staleys mom contributed to AiC music...?

PumpBoffBag
May 18th 2013

327 Comments


never really listened to alice in chains, but this is so stupid. I hate when people do stuff like this just to earn a quick buck

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
May 18th 2013

12932 Comments


shouldn't his money automatically go to his closest family member idk i doubt he wrote a will but that's how i thought it worked

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BigPleb
May 18th 2013

35804 Comments


Fuck this bitch, get a job.

sublimefan1991
May 18th 2013

754 Comments


"fuck this bitch, get a job." [2] but for real, jerry cantrell was pretty much THE creative force behind the band anyway, and, although lane was a great singer, he was and still is not as vital to the band's success as his mommy would like to imagine.

Calc
May 18th 2013

12126 Comments


sounds like something a woman would do yup.

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UnnamedOcean
May 18th 2013

3965 Comments


Lol collecting royalties for the success of someone else.

Get a job [3]

DominionMM1
May 18th 2013

9785 Comments


"shouldn't his money automatically go to his closest family member"

yes, and seeing as he didnt have a wife or any kids when he died, it would go to his parents. or at least i would think.

bloc
May 18th 2013

34752 Comments


Fuck this bitch I'M NOT YOUR TOUR GUUUUIIIIIIDDDDDEEEE

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ViperAces
May 18th 2013

12394 Comments


"wait..? staleys mom contributed to AiC music...?"
she took a dick to the cunt

Friday13th
May 18th 2013

2337 Comments


Yeah...she's come to stop the rooster...

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
May 18th 2013

12932 Comments


ppl

SitarHero
May 18th 2013

4652 Comments


This is so dumb it's funny.

Spec
May 18th 2013

27107 Comments


Alice In Debt.

JeetJeet
May 18th 2013

720 Comments


She's actin like a real diagonal ass nigga right now

dsroka005
May 18th 2013

1526 Comments


woww Layne would not be on her side on that one

FearThyEvil
May 18th 2013

12480 Comments


Wow, this bitch is an asshole. I agree with people saying Layne also wouldn't agree to this if he were around.

DominionMM1
May 18th 2013

9785 Comments


if layne were around, he'd be getting that money that his mother is trying to get

SitarHero
May 18th 2013

4652 Comments


"if layne were around, he'd be getting that money that his mother is trying to get"

Not from the new albums (assuming he isn't still in the band). Only royalties from the back catalog.

drasticaction74
May 18th 2013

1728 Comments


well don't shit where ya eat

what are you talking about

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DominionMM1
May 18th 2013

9785 Comments


Not from the new albums (assuming he isn't still in the band). Only royalties from the back catalog.


i was under the impression that that's what she's suing for

EyeForAnEye
May 18th 2013

1692 Comments


Both sides are douches.

ViperAces
May 18th 2013

12394 Comments


"i was under the impression that that's what she's suing for"
is she? cause that is much more understandable

Green Baron
May 18th 2013

19383 Comments


just bury the money "down in a hole", along with "them bones".

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pbass0
May 18th 2013

520 Comments


Seriously, fuck her.

wacknizzle
May 18th 2013

12918 Comments


She's already been payed plenty, she doesn't deserve more. She needs to get a job if she's broke. She's probably a junkie anyway and it would make sense why her son become one so fuck her, would make sense why she needs money.

Also, she only filed a lawsuit thus far. AIC ain't sued yet and I hope they don't lose.

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Acrosstheshield13
May 18th 2013

791 Comments


money hungry bitch

Green Baron
May 18th 2013

19383 Comments


fuckin cunt i hope the devil puts dinosaurs in your vagina and the black will give way to blue bruises on your clitoris

DominionMM1
May 18th 2013

9785 Comments


so is she suing just for the royalties on the records that layne was involved in, or for something beyond that?


edit: I just looked and she's suing the band for royalties owed to her son. I really don't see a problem with that.

SarcasticBastard
May 18th 2013

164 Comments


"She's actin like a real diagonal ass nigga right now"

Dammit! I was about to write "Diagonal ass nigga" but decided to Control + f it first just in case. And there you were.

SitarHero
May 19th 2013

4652 Comments


@Dominion

The article is unclear, but it seems she is suing for 16% of ALL revenue earned by the band as part of the revenue sharing agreement that was in place when Layne was alive, so not just the royalties on the back catalog. It seems like she's trying to stake a claim to the AiC name in general and not just the contributions Layne made to it. I could be wrong though. The article is really muddled.

DominionMM1
May 19th 2013

9785 Comments


i looked at some other articles, and it said she's suing for royalties on the albums on which layne wrote/performed. she's not looking for royalties for anything they've done since he died.

SitarHero
May 19th 2013

4652 Comments


But the band says that Layne's heirs (which I think is only her) will continue receiving royalties from Layne's work. So I don't understand what the conflict is about. The operative lines (I think) are:

"McCallum claims she’s owed half of all monies due her son, which amounts to around 16 percent of Alice In Chains’ income. "

"Members Sean Kinney and Jerry Cantrell put forth that the financial arrangement between Staley and the band ended with his death."

"According to documents, Alice in Chains has attempted to settle up with McCallum to the tune of $341,000, and that Staley’s heirs would continue to receive royalties from songs he was directly involved in writing."

All of the articles I've seen are sourced from the original Seattle intelligencer article, so link plz if you've found something better.

SitarHero
May 19th 2013

4652 Comments


It's also HIGHLY suspect that she would try to trademark Alice in Chains.

DominionMM1
May 19th 2013

9785 Comments


this is is the article i found. it was the first one that didn't quote the Seattle post intelliger or link it

http://www.starpulse.com/news/WENN/2013/05/13/layne_staleys_mother_files_lawsuit_aga

North0House2
May 19th 2013

5848 Comments


Man if my mom did that after I died I would be so pissed off. Bet the guy would not side with her on this- especially since he was probably pretty close to the guys in the band with him.

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RogueNine
May 19th 2013

1224 Comments


A couple of you remembered to use those Emmure insults. Props.

DirEnRefused
May 19th 2013

2165 Comments


I think, before we go throwing around some youtube-level insults (seriously, are some of you twelve), it's important to establish whether she's staking a claim for the royalties her son had a part in, or also for the newer works. One is understandable, one is not.

Gwyn.
May 19th 2013

15005 Comments


"Man if my mom did that after I died I would be so pissed off"

hahaha

SarcasticBastard
May 19th 2013

164 Comments


She's just being a total time vampire.

Tulten
May 19th 2013

10 Comments


Why does she have to be a bitch? You guys are forming some pretty harsh opinions based on two sentences of text. She's actually done a lot since his death for drug addicts in the Seattle area. Legal stuff like this can get really complicated.

CrazyDiamond7
May 19th 2013

64 Comments


There's no excuses for this!

bach
May 20th 2013

12305 Comments


What a fucking gold digger.

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XyphynX9
May 20th 2013

137 Comments


I'm sure they've paid her way more than what it's worth and she's just trying to make a profit off her sons death.

gordodustin
May 21st 2013

117 Comments


Haha! Why is she entitled to money that she 0% of anything to earn? Unless Stayley willed money to her in a will, there shouldn't even be a chance of her winning this one!

Tunaboy45
August 18th 2013

2028 Comments


She's trying to milk her son's legacy. That's low.

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dsroka005
August 18th 2013

1526 Comments


lol.. 3 months later



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