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1. 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


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2. Vinnie Vincent Wants In (II)
Highest Court Ninth Circuit
Year Ended 2005
Plaintiffs Music Publisher(s)
Vincent, Vinnie
Defendants KISS
Music Publisher(s)
Polygram Records
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description The band KISS was sued several times by their brief guitarist, Vinnie Vincent, for various contractual issues. Vincent joined the band during their no-make-up phase and never had his own make-up design. Despite the ridiculous number of lawsuits Vincent brought against the band, all counts dismissed. - [This entry is not yet complete or has not been edited/checked.]


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3. Vinnie Vincent Wants In (I)
Highest Court Second Circuit
Year Ended 2005
Plaintiffs Music Publisher(s)
Vincent, Vinnie
Defendants KISS
Music Publisher(s)
Polygram Records
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Case description not yet available


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4. Vinnie Vincent vs. Metal Edge
Highest Court Court of Appeals of Tennessee
Year Ended 2002
Plaintiffs Vincent, Vinnie
Defendants Magazine Publisher(s)
Metal Edge Magazine
Other KISS
Short Description Vinnie Vincent, a temporary guitarist for KISS during their no-make-up phase, sued "Metal Edge" magazine after his proposed ad for the special KISS edition of the magazine was rejected by Gene Simmons. He saw the magazine as a premier opportunity to advertise his new CD, and the magazine accepted his proposal initially. When Gene Simmons (of KISS) found out, he told the magazine they could not run the advertisement, and they returned Vincent's money and apologized, saying there was a conflict with KISS. Vincent, of course, sued. (He'd been kicked out twice, so he had a bit of a grudge). The court held that no contract existed between Vinnie and the magazine; the advertising personnel he'd placed his ad with had no authority to bind the magazine, and Vinnie could not reasonably have thought he did, so no apparent authority existed either. No contract breach, no breach, no Vinnie ad. - LSW


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