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Oh, Poor Vinnie Vincent
Highest Court Sixth Circuit
Year Ended 2010
Plaintiffs Vincent, Vinnie
Defendants Band Member(s)
Business Entity of Artist(s)
KISS
Polygram Records
Simmons, Gene
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Vinnie Vincent (nee Cusano) was KISS's lead guitarist from 1982-84, at which time he co-wrote numerous songs that appeared on albums. Though he's not too well known by the population at-large, he's well known in courts of law. Vincent sued the band and its members numerous times during the 1990s and 2000s (see, e.g., "Vinnie Vincent Wants In" (I) and (II), and "Vinnie Vincent vs. Metal Edge"). In the late 1990s, he sued his former band-mates for numerous causes of action, including violation of publicity, defamation, and nonpayment of royalties. He lost the case, and KISS were awarded $80,000 in fees and costs, for which the band members secured a judgment lien on Vincent's copyrights. Vincent filed this Chapter 13 bankruptcy case, as wells as numerous adversary proceedings against various parties, including one against BMI for which he was awarded $2,000 of the $20,000 he requested. After third parties motioned to convert his bankruptcy into Chapter 7, Vincent moved to voluntarily withdraw his petition. The court, noting that Vincent had filed in bad faith, barred him from filing for two years and held that no subsequent filing could impact matters relating to the prior litigation between Vincent and KISS. The appellate court, after addressing preliminary issues, upheld the lower court's finding as to "bad faith." Vincent had filed three times in three years and had withheld financial information from courts adjudicating his proceedings. (Ancillary issues were also discussed, but the "bad faith" issue was, according to the court, the most important.) - LSW

Legal Issues
Bankruptcy Chapter 13 Filing, Compliance & Dismissal
    Third-Party Claims Accounts
  General Chapter Conversion


Opinions In re Cusano
431 B.R. 726
Sixth Circuit , June 25, 2010 ( No. 09_8055 )


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Related Searches Parties
Band Member(s) ( Defendant )
Business Entity of Artist(s) ( Defendant )
KISS ( Defendant )
Polygram Records ( Defendant )
Simmons, Gene ( Defendant )
Vincent, Vinnie ( Plaintiff )

Legal Issues
Bankruptcy / Chapter 13 / Filing, Compliance & Dismissal
Bankruptcy / Chapter 13 / Third-Party Claims Accounts
Bankruptcy / General / Chapter Conversion

Courts
Sixth Circuit (highest court)


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