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Hinder Files Suit Against Former Lead Singer

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Hinder has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against its former frontman Austin John Winkler.

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Oklahoma City, alleges that Winkler unlawfully used the band's trademark to promote his solo career after leaving Hinder in 2013. The lawsuit, first reported by The Oklahoman, says an agreement with former bandmates allows Winkler to promote himself as "Austin Winkler, formerly of Hinder." But the suit claims promotional material for a 2016 tour suggests his performances were as or on behalf of Hinder.

Winkler was replaced by Marshall Dutton in 2016, with the group saying at the time that they had no choice but to find a new lead singer in order to keep the band alive. The band released The Reign, their sixth studio album, in August.

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