Hinder sues ex-frontman Austin John Winkler for trademark infringement

Denise Truscello/WireImageThe current members of Hinder have filed a lawsuit against the band’s former frontman, Austin John Winkler.

According to The Oklahoman, the group is suing Winkler for “unlawful use and exploitation of the Hinder trademark” in order to promote is own solo career.

“Hinder has no ill will toward Mr. Winkler and would have much preferred to privately resolve this matter. Mr. Winkler, however, was apparently uninterested in such a solution,” the band’s attorney told The Oklahoman. “Though they’ve now been forced to seek legal redress, the band is less interested in a monetary reward and more interested in protecting Hinder’s valuable intellectual property and its brand and reputation.”

The Oklahoman says a request for comment from Winkler’s publicist went unanswered.

Winkler co-founded Hinder in 2001 with guitarist Joe Garvey and drummer Cody Hanson. In 2005, the band released their debut album, Extreme Behavior, which featured the singles “Get Stoned” and “Lips of an Angel.” Winkler sang on Hinder’s next three albums, the last of which being 2012’s Welcome to the Freakshow. Following multiple reported stints in rehab, he left the band in 2013.

Hinder has since released two albums with lead singer Marshal Dutton. The band’s most recent album, The Reign, was released earlier this month. Meanwhile, Winkler released his debut solo EP, Love Sick Radio, in 2016.

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