The mother of late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley is suing the band over royalties.
Nancy McCallum is asking for a court order establishing her right to 16-percent of the group’s revenue — half of the money due Staley — as well as any of her son’s assets currently controlled by the band. According to the suit, an attorney for Alice in Chains members Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney told McCallum last September that the revenue-sharing agreement that had seen her paid in the decade after the singer’s death would be terminated. Attorneys for the band told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that McCallum illegally attempted to trademark the Alice in Chains name and no longer has a role in the band’s business decisions. They add that Staley’s heirs will still be able to collect royalties on songs he wrote or co-wrote.