Former Creedence Clearwater Members Defend Their Lawsuit Against Fogerty
December 11, 2014 at 6:47 AM (PT)
Former CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL members STU COOK and DOUG CLIFFORD, now active in the tribute band CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVISITED, have issued a statement about their lawsuit against founding member JOHN FOGERTY.
Here is the text of their comments:
“Because of recent inaccurate statements in the media regarding pending litigation, we want to set the record straight. We have never objected to JOHN FOGERTY performing any song he ever wrote, or performing any song recorded by CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL. That idea is ridiculous. Even when he refused to play those songs, and publicly called for a boycott of CCR music, we encouraged him to perform them whenever and wherever he wanted. The facts are that Mr. FOGERTY, while proclaiming joyful rebirth in the press, repeatedly has his lawyers threaten us with lawsuits and demand unreasonable concessions of our rights. Last week, the threats and demands left us with little doubt that a lawsuit would be filed by him against us for the second time. This unfortunate situation required us to take unpleasant preemptive legal action. This action is about the need to defend ourselves and rights, Mr. FOGERTY’s failure to
perform contractual promises and unlicensed uses of the trademark ‘CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL.’ The trademark is not owned by him, but by the CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL partnership. We have a business relationship with him and, under prevailing circumstances, chose not to be bullied.”
The duo was famously left sitting at their table during the band's induction into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in 1993 when FOGERTY refused to take the stage to play with them.