Soundgarden Refuses To Drop Vault Fire Lawsuit Against UMG

August 29, 2019

In 2008 a fire broke out on the Universal Studios lot which resulted in the destruction of hundreds of master recordings from several artists including Aerosmith, Nirvana, Guns N' Roses, The Who, Hole and Soundgarden. In June 2019, Soundgarden joined Hole in a lawsuit against UMG for damages.

According to a report by Variety, UMG's lawyer, Gibson Dunn, encouraged Soundgarden to drop the lawsuit against UMG because the fire only causes "minimal" damages to the band's calalogue, and that they were made aware of the incident back in 2015.

Howard King, Soundgarden's lawyer, responded by saying that UMG had no legal ground to demand the band drop their case.

In May 2015, Soundgarden was reportedly made aware of their losses of the fire in an email sent by Badmotorfinger engineer Ron Saint Germain that was forwarded by guitarist Kim Thayil. The reports of Soundgarden's awareness of the damages would contradict their claims that they were not informed of the damages.