Source:  San Francisco Chronicle

November 1, 2000
California band Third Eye Blind sued by former guitarist

(11-01) 10:45 PST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Kevin Cadogan, the ousted guitarist from Third Eye Blind, is suing his former band claiming they conspired to kick him out.

Cadogan, 30, claims in the suit he was promised 50 percent ownership of the band in 1993. But as the band increased in popularity and caught the attention of record labels, the suit says 100 percent of the shares went to the founder of Third Eye Blind, Stephan Jenkins.

Third Eye Blind has produced two multi-platinum albums, including a 1997 self-titled debut that included the No. 1 song ``Semi-Charmed Life.'' Cadogan claims he co-wrote 14 of the songs on both albums.

``It appears that Stephan Jenkins couldn't handle the fact that Kevin was due rights on this,'' said Tom Swift, a Chicago attorney representing the ousted Berkeley guitarist.

Cadogan, who was voted songwriter of the year at the 1999 and 2000 California Music Awards, was dismissed from the band in January. The guitarist now has a band called Cousin Kevin.

``My clients do not believe there is any validity to any of Mr. Cadogan's claims,'' said Stephen Kroft, a Los Angeles attorney representing the band.

The lawsuit will be subject of a hearing Friday in a federal court in Oakland.

2000 Associated Press