Shortly after announcing a fall tour with Zebrahead, 311 filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against its label, Capricorn Records, in hopes of terminating its contract.
The band alleged that the label breached its agreement by failing to provide "major label" marketing, promotion, and support for the group's most recent albums. Specifically, 311 claimed that when it signed with Capricorn in 1992, the label fell under the umbrella of Warner Bros. Records, which distributed Capricorn as part of a joint venture partnership. However, 311's camp claimed that since that time, "Capricorn has bounced between three different record label partnerships and four different record distributors culminating in an unstable atmosphere which has demonstrably been to the detriment of 311's career."
In a statement announcing the lawsuit, 311 leader Nick Hexum said, "We've told the label many times we were unhappy with their handling of our careers. After several years of complaints
and Capricorn's unfulfilled promises, we decided we had to take legal action. The band will carry on through touring."
A spokesperson for Capricorn, which also counts Cake, Jack Logan, Big Sugar, 2 Skinnee J's, and others among its roster of artists, could not be reached at press time.