Today is a pretty big day in the Paramore camp. Along with releasing their brand new full-length album ‘After Laughter’, the follow-up to their 2013 self-titled effort, it is being reported that they’ve also settled their legal dispute with the band’s former bassist, Jeremy Davis.
The dispute, which DEAD PRESS! reported back in March 2016 (here), centered around whether Davis was an employee for the band, or a partner in the underlying business Varoom Whoa – the business entity that operates Paramore – and entitled to a share of royalties and touring revenue. This would affect the revenue he received. If he was a partner, he would be entitled to a split of all revenue.
Davis claimed in his initial lawsuit that he was responsible for decision making, including hiring advisers, musicians, stage crew and equipment managers, plus creating and managing staging and lighting and an array of other duties. He said those duties made him a partner in the band’s business and entitled him to more money than he’d been receiving.
Local newspaper The Tennessean reports (here) that federal court records now show that a settlement has been reached, but the terms haven’t been released publicly.
Jay Bowen, a Nashville-based attorney for Paramore, reported to the paper, “Everything has been resolved and settled. Paramore had a great show last night, getting ready for their tour.”
The Nashville attorney representing Davis, Derek Crownover, did not comment.
Davis was one of the founding members of the band in 2004, but left in 2005 shortly before they began recording their debut album, ‘All We Know Is Falling’. He later re-joined the band, and featured on their following three records (‘RIOT!’, ‘Brand New Eyes’, and ‘Paramore’) before parting ways with the group in December 2015.