After the ex-Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext filed a lawsuit against his former manager and label, it seems like the tables have now turned. Vext himself is now being sued by his former label, Better Noise Music, for alleged copyright infringement. Other plaintiffs on the lawsuit are 10th Street Entertainment and Five Nineteen Music Publishing Inc.
The band drama started in 2020 when Vext left the band after some somewhat controversial statements supporting various QAnon related conspiracies. He later released his own merch supporting various COVID-19 conspiracies. The singer also expressed his doubt about the legitimacy of the Black Lives Matter movement, stating he never experienced racism in America. Fast forward to July when he sued his former manager and Better Noise Music CEO Allen Kovac. In his lawsuit, he alleged Kovac systematically shut him out of the band and further claimed the manager belittled him with racist remarks and name-calling.
Vext initially begged his fans not to bash his former bandmates, who in the meantime replaced him with The Acacia Strain’s Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz. After filling his lawsuit this attitude then changed rather quickly. His former band member Doc Coyle called out the singer during his podacast, for allegedly “radicalizing” the fans against the band.
The singer also claimed that he wrote and recorded about three albums worth of material with Bad Wolves, that he can’t release unless he signs over his rights to the band’s name. The lawsuit alleges, according to Law360.com, “Motivated by greed and his oversized ego, Vext claimed that he owns Bad Wolves and has a right to block the remaining members from recording and releasing music under the name Bad Wolves.”
Vext then went on to announce his own tour under his new name “Tommy Vext and The B@D W8LV3S.” According to Law360.com this new name is now one of the reasons Vext is being sued by his former label. “Vext‘s retaliatory conduct is getting worse by the day. Now, he is promoting his own ‘tour’ using the confusingly similar name ‘B@D W8LV3S’ in a blatant attempt to confuse concertgoers into thinking this is an approved tour,” the lawsuit reads.
This isn’t the only reason the singer is being sued for, according to the lawsuit, Vext allegedly keeps sharing unreleased Bad Wolves material via his social media. The plaintiffs also claim he shares unauthorized covers on the band’s Patreon. The lawsuit further claims that Vext is violation of his contract he signed with the label in 2017.
In regards of the new lawsuit, Vext lawyer claims it is a retaliation against the singer after he filled his own lawsuit against the label.