Though it comes as no great surprise, the members of Alice in Chains are electing to stay mum about a lawsuit filed against the band by the mother of its late frontman, Layne Staley.
In the action filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Nancy McCallum claims the group owes her half of Staley's royalties in addition to any other of her son's assets that are under the band's control.
The AiC camp has yet to officially respond to the suit, which was filed May 2, but has told Seattle media that Staley's heirs will still receive royalties due them. The group's attorneys have also said McCallum tried to illegally file a trademark for the band's name and has already been paid more than she's due.
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell, meanwhile, tells us that he and his bandmates -- who release a new album, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here," on May 28 -- will have little to say about the matter:
“Yeah, we really can't. It's an unfortunate situation, and we really can't...It's a legal matter now, so we really can't comment on it. I mean, we've gone out of our way for many years to keep our, in a public life, to keep our private business private. It's an unfortunate situation, and we'll deal with it as privately as we can.”
Staley died in 2002 at the age of 34, while AiC resumed five years later with new frontman William DuVall.
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