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Scott Weiland’s children sue companies using late father’s name
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The children of late Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland have taken legal action against several companies for allegedly selling products branded with the vocalist’s name without getting their permission.
Mary Weiland, Scott’s second wife, filed two lawsuits on Tuesday (September 12th) in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of her 16-year-old son Noah and 15-year-old daughter Lucy.
The suits seek unspecified damages and a court order barring the companies Merchbar Inc., RageOn! Inc., OldGlory.com, Red Fox Ink and Officially Licensed Gear from further use of Weiland’s name without the plaintiffs’ consent.
According to the suit, Scott’s teenage children own all rights of publicity associated with their late father. The suit alleges that the named companies have used Weiland’s name, photo and likeness more than 100 times to sell clothing, household items, cell phone cases and even a children’s set of stackable wooden blocks without consent.
Representatives for the defendants had not yet been reached for comment.
Scott Weiland was found dead of a drug and alcohol overdose on his tour bus in December 2015, while on the road with his solo band The Wildabouts. He was 48.
In addition to Stone Temple Pilots, Scott fronted Velvet Revolver from 2004 through 2008. He rejoined STP in 2008 after a six-year hiatus, but was dismissed from the group in 2013 due to his erratic behavior.