The three remaining original band members of the Stone Temple Pilots sued expelled member Scott Weiland in May 2013 claiming breach of their written partnership agreement, breach of fiduciary duty and trademark infringement. Weiland was voted out of the group in February 2013. The four group members operated under a written band partnership that allows a partner to be ousted for numerous reasons, including not making the band a top priority. The complaint provides a look at the various ways in which Weiland was not putting the band first and how he was subsequently "sabotaging" the band's tour and new album release.
Weiland subsequently contersued the band accusing the members of conspiracy to oust him and demanding the band/partnership be dissolved.
There are four federal trademark registrations for STONE TEMPLE PILOTS owned in the name of the Stone Temple Pilots partnership and listing the four original partners, including Weiland, as the partners. Might we see some issues at the USPTO regarding those registrations and who is the proper party to maintain ownership?
More to come as this case progresses. We always love a good band name dispute.