An unfortunate new chapter has been added to the long, litigious saga involving John Fogerty and his surviving former Creedence Clearwater Revival band mates Stu Cook and Doug Clifford. According to a message on Fogerty’s official Facebook page, the singer/guitarist filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles against Cook and Clifford — who play together in a band called Creedence Clearwater Revisited— in response to a suit that the bassist and drummer initiated against John in late 2014.
Fogerty’s post explains that his legal action was filed in regard to “the authorized use of the band’s name along with a financial arrangement based on touring and merchandising.” The message also points out that Cook and Clifford “agreed to use the name ‘Creedence Clearwater Revisited’ only in conjunction with performances where both Clifford and Cook were present on stage simultaneously,” and alleges that “[t]hey are refusing to honor their own agreement with Fogerty.”
Fogerty also reiterated a statement he first issued last year after Cook and Clifford launched their own breach-of-contract suit against the former Creedence frontman: “No lawyers, lawsuits, or angry ex-band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs. These frivolous lawsuits in the past took me away from the music I loved. I am going to continue to tour and play all my songs every single night I am out on the road. No matter how anyone else sees it, they are my songs.”
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Cook and Clifford, along with the widow of late CCR rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, launched a suit in Nevada in December 2014 claiming that Fogerty was in breach of contract with regard to a settlement the band members reached in 2001 and also charging him with trademark violations. The lawsuit charged that John was in breach of contract because he made negative remarks in a January 2011 interview about Creedence Clearwater Revisited after he accepted a 2001 agreement that his ex-band mates could perform under the moniker while paying Fogerty a fee for using the name. As for the alleged trademark violations, the suit claimed that John’s own use of “Creedence Clearwater Revival” in promoting some of his recent solo tours was unauthorized and could cause confusion amongst fans about whether Cook and Clifford’s current band is involved.
Shortly after Cook and Clifford initiated their lawsuit last year, they issued a statement explaining that the action was launched as a preemptive measure since Fogerty and his lawyers had been threatening a breach-of-contract suit against them involving the same apparent claims mentioned in John’s just-launched suit.