According to TMZ, Jani Lane‘s estate is being sued by his ex-managers over the late WARRANT singer’s music catalog.
Just Having Fun Productions claims in its lawsuit to have engineered a $3.75 million deal to sell a chunk of Jani‘s music to a publishing company. However, they say that they have yet to get their 15 percent commission (approximately $562,000). Even after offering the estate a discount (12.5 percent, or $469,000), they have not yet gotten the money they claim to be entitled to.
Just Having Fun is suing for fraud and breach of contract, and is requesting the full $562,000.
Lane died in August 2011 at age 47. Paramedics found his body in a Comfort Inn motel room in Woodland Hills, California, which is near Los Angeles. Lane had battled alcohol abuse for years.
WARRANT bassist Jerry Dixon told EonMusic earlier this year that Jani‘s death was “horrible” for him and his bandmates to deal with. “The whole thing still gives me a stomach ache,” he said. “I try to tell people it’s not about WARRANT; we’re just people. We’re no different to anybody else, and to have a family member suffering like that — and there’s loads of people that are going to read this, and they’ll know what I’m talking about — and it’s a hopeless feeling, because you want to help, and you want to get somebody better, and you want all bad stuff aside. ‘Dude, just function in life, and get through this, and basically don’t kill yourself.’ We brought sober coaches out and set up AA meetings and took all the fun stuff off the rider — all the alcohol — and really tied to create an environment that was conducive to somebody’s being sober.”