Layne Staley’s Mom Sues Alice In Chains

Jerry and Nancy

I’d hate to think the surviving members of Alice In Chains were holding out on Layne Staley’s relatives when it comes to royalties, but a lawsuit by the late singer’s mother claims that’s just what went on.

Reports claim Nancy McCallum, Layne’s mother, filed a lawsuit against the surviving members of the band, asking for a court order establishing her right to 16 percent of the group’s revenue, or half of the money due to Staley.

She also wants any of her son’s assets, which may be currently controlled by the band.

The suit claims an attorney for Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney told Nancy last September that the revenue-sharing agreement that had seen her paid in the decade after the singer’s death would be terminated.

Band attorney Peter Paterno also alleged in a December 2012 letter that McCallum tried to trademark the Alice In Chains name, a move he described as “disturbing.”

Staley’s former bandmates say the singer’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 died on April 5, 2002 at the end of a long and tragic descent

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