Steve Perry Files A Lawsuit Against Journey’s Neal Schon And Jonathan Cain

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Former Journey lead singer Steve Perry has submitted a petition against Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain over the trademark registrations of 20 Journey songs.

This is not the first time that Journey has faced such a case on financial issues. When Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain fired and then sued the other two band members, Ross Valory and Steve Smith, in 2020, for allegedly trying to gain control over the band’s mark, Steve Perry had sided with Valory and Smith against the other two Journey members. The band had reached a settlement a year later, in 2021.

Yet, it seems like they are not done with legal disputes. As Ultimate Classic Rock recently reported, Steve Perry has filed a petition against his former bandmates Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain to stop them from owning the merchandise trademarks of some of the band’s biggest songs. The petition features Journey’s hit tracks ‘Separate Ways,’ ‘Anyway You Want It,’ ‘Open Arms,’ ‘Wheel in the Sky,’ ‘Stone in Love,’ and others.

The petition claims that Schon and Cain filed to register 20 Journey songs in 2020 through Freedom JN LLC for use on merchandising, such as hats, jackets, shirts, etc., without the frontman’s consent. Steve Perry demands the cancellation of the trademark registrations and blames Schon and Cain for violating an agreement that requires these kinds of decisions to be made with the consent of all partners. Neither Jonathan Cain nor Neal Schon has made a public announcement on the matter yet.