BLIND DATE IN COURT

Guitarist Kevin Cadogan wants compensation for "fraud and breach of contract"...

Former Third Eye Blind guitarist KEVIN CADOGAN has filed a lawsuit against ten people including his old band, their management and the ELEKTRA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP for fraud and breach of contract.

Cadogan split with the rest of Third Eye Blind in January. At the time the band released a statement to MTV which stated the guitarist and the rest of the band had simply “parted ways”, wishing him “every success” without offering any reason for the split.

Cadogan was replaced by former member Tony Fredianelli and following his departure formed a new band, Bully.

Now, in a press release posted on Cadogan‘s official website, [url=]www.kevincadogan.com, he confirms that a ten-count federal lawsuit has been filed, claiming the people named in the suit: “lied and intentionally deceived him (Cadogan) in a carefully orchestrated plot to unlawfully exploit his intellectual property in violation of federal and common law”.

Also on the website is an article first printed in the San Jose Mercury News in April, which claims tensions arose between him and vocalist Stephan Jenkins when Cadogen refused to sign a deal offered by Elektra Records offering a $1million advance to record an EP.

Speaking to the Rolling Stone website [url=]www.rollingstone.com, Third Eye Blind‘s management are quoted as saying: “Bands with any degree of visibility are always targets of frivolous lawsuits. We have nothing interesting to say about this one.”

A spokesperson for the band’s UK label East West told nme.com: “The band are aware of what is going on, but have no comment to make on the situation.”