This is a web site for those who want
to read more detail about the Dead Kennedys v. Jello Biafra court
case. Please be aware that this was an unpleasant episode in Dead Kennedys'
history and that the band would like to put it behind them. For information
on the band, please go to
Dead Kennedys Defrauded by Jello Biafra
Dead Kennedys were underpaid royalties by Alternative Tentacles Records. Though some find it hard to believe, when Jello Biafra was told of this underpayment, he said, "do not tell the band," the start of the fraud. Later, after a whistle-blower at the label informed the band that royalties were owed them, Biafra refused to compensate the band without a court order, thus causing the lawsuit.
Biafra made a mistake and did something wrong and was caught. He intentionally covered up royalties owed to Dead Kennedys and deliberately misled East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride and D.H. Peligro. He unfortunately fell victim to a conflict of interest and used the income to promote his solo career and label.
It was proven to be true that "Alternative
Tentacles Records engaged in fraudulent conduct" and that Jello Biafra
"breached his contractual and fiduciary obligations to plaintiff
[Dead Kennedys]." It was also shown "by clear and convincing
evidence" that Biafra and Alternative Tentacles were "guilty
of malice, oppression and fraud" in committing these acts. Malice
was defined as "conduct which is intended to cause injury or despicable
conduct which is carried with a willful and conscious disregard for the
rights of others."
News: press releases and other information
Articles: from the media on the Dead Kennedys v. Biafra lawsuit
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