After announcing an indefinite hiatus in 2010, Breaking Benjamin
frontman Benjamin Burnley
started a court dispute with guitarist Aaron Fink
and bassist Mark Klepaski
over the rights to use band's moniker.
The trouble among the group's ranks sparkled after Finke and Klepaski gave Hollywood Records a permission to issue a "Blow Me Away"
remix without frontman's consent. Such action resulted in Burnley firing the pair via email
, as well as taking legal action, demanding at least $250,000 in damages, along with an exclusive ownership of the band name.
And now, the dispute is finally over. According to the official announcement
, Burnley has retained the right over the group's name and will now continue with further work.
"The dispute between Benjamin Burnley, who is the sole founder, primary musician, singer and songwriter for the band Breaking Benjamin, and two of the band's ex-members has been resolved. Benjamin Burnley retains his right to use his band name and Breaking Benjamin will continue."
The frontman has also included his own comments on the entire matter, saying "I am pleased to finally put this matter behind me and focus on the future for Breaking Benjamin. I wish to express my never ending love and gratitude to the best fans in the world for their undying love and support. Words cannot express my love to you all! Thank you!"
Drummer Chad Szeliga
has supposedly remained in good terms with Burnley and is still listed as a member of the band. The latest Breaking Benjamin release, "Dear Agony,"
came out in September 2009 via Hollywood Records, peaking at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart with 134,000 copies shipped in the US.