10/20/1997 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Kevin Cadogan, 30, formerly of Third Eye Blind, is suing the band because he claims they conspired to kick him out, reports the Associated Press. Cadogan, a guitarist, says he was promised 50 percent ownership of the band in 1993. But as Third Eye Blind got recognition, and sold more and more albums, the lawsuit claims all shares went to the band's founder, Stephan Jenkins. Cadogan, who was voted songwriter of the year at the 1999 and 2000 California Music Awards, claims he co-wrote 14 of the songs on the bands two multi-platinum albums, including the No. 1 hit "Semi-Charmed Life." He was dismissed from the band in January, and now has a band called Cousin Kevin.