Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit Against Slipknot is Over

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

In a story, we have continued to track since 2019, it appears that former Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn has, at last, dropped his series of lawsuits against the band and their manager and settled for an undisclosed, likely large, sum of money. As reported by Metalsucks, new court documents filed in the New York State Supreme Court on October 29, indicate that Fehn has agreed to stop pursuing the suit “without prejudice,” meaning he cannot refile on the same claims. Ghost Cult has followed this story for a year and a half and even had a lawyer analyze the case since we are not lawyers. Continue reading

Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit Against Slipknot Has Gone to Mediation for a Settlement

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

In a story, we have continued to track since 2019, and brand new developing news broken by, lawsuits filed against Slipknot by former percussionist Chris Fehn have finally gone to mediation for a settlement, perhaps telegraphing an end to the legal saga for both parties. In 2003 Slipknot dissolved the original partnership they had before they hit it big with their debut, in favor of a new arrangement giving control of the band to Corey Taylor, M. Shawn Crahan, and their manager Robert short of RSA. Fehn sure the band and both Taylor and Crahan, and he was dismissed from the band. Since we are not lawyers, we consulted with one to get their take on the potential outcome last year.It did not look good for Fehn at the time. Metalsucks has caught up on the most recent events, which we have excerpted below, but you can read the full update at their site at this link:Continue reading

Chris Fehn Hopes to One Day Rejoin Slipknot

Embroiled in a bitter lawsuit against Slipknot and removed from the band earlier in 2019, Chris Fehn wrote on his Instagram yesterday that hopes to rejoin the band someday. His message was an answer to a fan in a post addressing his absence from social media for a good reason, fatherhood. We have been following the case for some time and even had a lawyer review the merits of the lawsuit. Slipknot release their latest album with Fehn on it, We Are Not Your Kind this summer via Roadrunner/Elektra. Continue reading

Update Issued on Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit Against Slipknot

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

According to a published report from The Blast, former Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn is asking a judge deny the motion to have his lawsuit against the band tossed out. This is a typical response to an attempt to have a case dismissed and was expected. Slipknot’s business manager Robert Shore recently sought to have Fehn’s case thrown out. In his original lawsuit, Fehn accused Shore of playing a role in cheating him out of his rightful profits from Slipknot, along with chief band stakeholders as of 2003, Corey Taylor and M. Shawn Crahan. Fehn claims that Shore and his company were directly responsible for managing his personal and business finances and he believes they had fiduciary obligations to him. Fehn’s lawyers have asserted Fehn is legally still in the band, while the band has appeared to move on without him. In case you missed it, Ghost Cult sought a real lawyer (because we don’t know shit about this) to examine the case and walk through possible outcomes. Read his feature below. Continue reading

Slipknot’s Debut Album Turns 20

Ah, 1999. A time for ridiculously baggy jeans, wallet chains, and clothes with far too many zips and pockets. A time for silly haircuts, spiked neckbands, black lipstick, and even blacker eyeliner – for both sexes. A time for backwards-facing red caps and hilarious facial piercings. Also a time for many metal fans over the age of forty to think back upon while making vomiting noises and pretending such crimes against metal never actually happened.Continue reading

Slipknot’s Manager Refutes Chris Fehn’s Claims in his Lawsuit

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

In a legal memorandum as part of Slipknot’s attempt to get the lawsuit against them by former percussionist Chris Fehn dismissed, their business manager Rob Shore refutes Fehn’s allegations that claim that he hasn’t been properly compensated for his years of touring with the group. Shore terms the claims made in the lawsuit as “out of proportion to the efforts and undivided interests of the other general partners.”. Ghost Cult broke the news last month, that practically broke the internet, that Slipknot had fired only their second member since 1999 on March 13th, after Joey Jordison. The only other departure from the band since they found mainstream success in 1999 was when co-founder and bassist Paul Gray passed away. Continue reading

Chris Fehn Versus Slipknot: A Lawyer Analyzes The Case

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

The case by Chris Fehn against Slipknot has played out as expected in the music press with allegations and some mudslinging, and few details. We are not really privy to the back story and all the context about the relationships in the band that got us to this point. We are also not legal experts at Ghost Cult, so rather than speculate and guess, we asked a lawyer, Matthew Quigley, to analyze the lawsuit filed by Fehn and his lawyers with the State of New York, and give his own take on the finer points of the case. As journalists, we are not taking a side with either party, we only mean to understand the case better and hopefully enlighten our readers on this aspect of the music business. Continue reading

Chris Fehn’s Lawyer Says He Was Forced To Take Action Against Slipknot

We have been tracking the evolving case of now ex-Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn, dismissed from the group over a lawsuit over alleged unfair financial practices and pay. One of Fehn’s attorneys, Joseph Dunne, said Fehn learned of the other businesses during negotiations about the band’s upcoming sixth studio album and accompanying tour. He told the Des Moines Register in a report on the case,

“He thought everyone was being treated equally,” Dunne told the Des Moines Register. “My client really is just hoping to figure out a way to work this out with the people he’s worked side by side with for the last 20 years.”There is a lot of information out there that our client has not been able to see,”

You can read the full interview below. And read the entire lawsuit here at this link.

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New Details Emerge From Chris Fehn’s Lawsuit Against Slipknot

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

We now have a clearer picture of the full scope of Chris Fehn’s lawsuit against Slipknot. If you have been following the story here, Fehn alleges that the band has not paid him accurate for the over two decades he was a member of the band and that Corey Taylor and M. Shawn Crahan, in particular, are to blame. Thanks to the music site and vlog Rock Feed, we now have the actual court documents, filed with the State of New York. Officially, Fehn’s lawsuit is filed against two different versions of “Slipknot, Incorporated”, a New York and a California corporation; Knot Merch LLC, Knot Touring LLC, SK Productions, LLC; Knot Touring LLC, M. Shawn Crahan aka Clown, Corey Taylor and Robert Shore, the band’s manager, as well as Shore’s law firm, Rob Shore & Associates, Inc. Fehn is suing for two counts of “breach of fiduciary duty,” one count of “breach of implied in fact contract” and one count of “unjust enrichment.” You can read the entire document below.Continue reading

Slipknot Fires Chris Fehn Over Lawsuit Against The Band

Slipknot, by Evil Robb Photography

In a story Ghost Cult reported on and has been following all week, Chris Fehn (a.k.a. #3) who filed a lawsuit against the members of Slipknot has been dismissed from the band, according to a post on their website. A day after Fehn filed suit against the band and alleged improprieties regarding payments for touring for over 21 years in the band and specifically naming Corey Taylor and M. Shawn Crahan primary instigators of said practices, Taylor hit back over social media. His message warned of reprisal and the truth was forthcoming. Now Chris has been dismissed from the band he was a part of since 1998. Fehn is not the first member to leave the band in their history or since their rise to fame, as Joey Jordison left the band in 2013, and Paul Grey who passed away in 2010. No word yet if the band will replace Fehn, a percussionist with the band. All traces of him have been cleaned from the Slipknot website. We’ll keep following this story as it develops. Slipknot’s sixth and as yet untitled album is in progress and releases August 9th via the bands’ long-term label home Roadrunner Records.Continue reading