Journey’s Jonathan Cain on Neal Schon’s Trial: “Malicious Lies”

It may not stop Journey from continuing to tour – and what a freezing green room it can be – but Journey’s two remaining original members, guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain, face off in court at the public opinion as well as in real court, both airing their contentious sides of a lawsuit Schon filed against Cain.

Cain released a statement Tuesday afternoon in response to the lawsuit Schon filed on Oct. 31, as well as public statements the guitarist made on Monday. Schon argues in court and out of court that he was denied access to the group’s American Express card and its records. Meanwhile, Cain’s attorney says Schon’s access to the company’s account was to be blocked after he allegedly put more than $1 million in “inappropriate personal expenses” on the card.

“This is a matter that should have been answered privately,” Cain said Tuesday, “but I am compelled to respond publicly now to Neal’s malicious lies and personal attacks on my family and (me) for the purpose of gaining public support for his disease – a contrived lawsuit – a lawsuit that has absolutely no merit.

Cain continued, “Neal has always had access to credit card statements; what he’s missing — and what he’s really looking for — is the ability to increase his spending limits. Since Neal has decided to go public with what is going on, I can tell you that we will be presenting the evidence in court that shows that Neal has been under tremendous financial pressure due to his overspending and extravagant lifestyle, which led to him racking up huge personal charges on the band’s credit card account.

“When efforts were made to limit his use of the card to legitimate group expenses, Neal unfortunately decided to attack me rather than try to rein in his reckless spending,” Cain’s statement concludes. “I am saddened by the situation – for Neal and for our fans – but since Neal has taken legal action, I suspect he will not be able to ignore the court as he has ignored the countless financial advisers and accountants he laid off in recent years. years who have tried in vain to help him.

Schon’s lawsuit was filed at Contra Costa in the California Bay Area and claims Cain failed to turn over financial records that would show the guitarist how much the band owes him. Among the allegations in the lawsuit, Shon’s attorneys claim that he “attempted to avoid legal action, repeatedly requesting that Cain grant him access to the AMEX account. For many months, Cain and his representatives represented that Schon would be granted access. But each time Schon contacted AMEX, AMEX informed him that he was still not authorized to access AMEX account records.

Cain’s claim is that Schon already has access to American Express card records, but is really looking to increase his spending limit.

On his social media on Monday, Schon wrote: “The only comment I will make at this time is that everything is very unhappy and (I) have been trying for over a year to achieve all of our corporate records for Nomota with many personal emails to Jon as well as many legal letters saying it’s my legal right to see everything, but I had no choice but to take it legal…. There’s a lot more… Since I filed my case, I will take my lawyer’s advice and I won’t talk until we get to court where I won’t have any problems. That’s how it is.” (Nomota is a company the two founding members started in 1998, after singer Steve Perry left the band in 1997, establishing 50/50 ownership.)

This wasn’t the first time Schon has spoken publicly about his lawsuit … and in an earlier case, gang women were implicated or invoked. In a social media account Schon shares with his wife, he referred to Cain’s wife, evangelist Paula White, saying she became part of the group’s banking interests as they ‘went behind’ their backs. of Schon.

“Thank you American Express and the bank for telling Neal Schön the truth about Jonathan Cain and Paula White getting behind Neal’s back. Adding Paula White to Journey Corporate Banking in 2020 is unethical and Illegal for Neal, he said never do it, they did it anyway Good for honest bank rep.

Cain’s attorney, Alan Gutman of Gutman Law, released his own statement Tuesday, saying, “Evidence will establish that Schon’s financial crisis has nothing to do with his alleged ‘unfettered access to Nomota records.’ Our investigation established that Schon’s personal financial problems resulted solely from his reckless spending, including what at first glance appears to charge over $1 million in improper personal expenses to the group’s Nomota AMEX corporate card. Schon’s complaint is the classic example of desperate people doing desperate things. It is very unfortunate that Neal – and Neal alone – has created such hardship for himself and his family through his outrageous spending.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 18: (L-R) Marco Mendoza, Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronovo and Neal Schon of Journey perform onstage during the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival on September 18, 2021 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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The motion to dismiss filed by Gutman Law asks that Miller Barondess, LLP be disqualified as Schon’s attorney, because the firm previously represented Cain and Schon together in 2020 “in a substantially related matter.” Accordingly, it is alleged that confidential information has been disclosed to Miller Barondess, LLP, and disqualification is mandatory. …Cain would not have disclosed any confidential information regarding his business activities, attitude, litigation philosophy and strategies, if he had known that Miller Barondess would use such confidential information in a lawsuit against him.

It’s the biggest direct outburst between Cain and Schon since 1997, when Schon went public on social media with complaints that Cain, vocalist Arnel Pineda and Ross Valory, who was the band’s bassist at the time, had participated in a photo session at the White House with Donald Trump. . (Cain’s wife, Paula White, acted as spiritual advisor to the then-president and delivered the invocation at his inauguration.)

But there have been other problems in the meantime. In 2020 and 2021, the band’s drummer and bassist parted ways with the band after a dispute over trademark claims and lawsuits ended in settlement.

Meanwhile, Journey is set to hit the road again, splits and all, starting January 27. The tour will continue until a date at the new Acrisure Arena in the Palm Springs area on April 25.

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