April 25, 2002 10:00 AM

Courtney Love, 37, will not have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation as part of her ongoing quarrel with Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, the Nirvana band mates of her late husband, Kurt Cobain, reports the Associated Press. Washington state’s King County Superior Court judge Robert Alsdorf, acting upon a request from Love’s legal team, ruled that such an evaluation of Love’s mental competency would “serve no purpose other than to contribute to a circus-like atmosphere” to the proceedings, the jurist said. Kelly Corr, an attorney for Novoselic and Grohl, said the issue was brought to the fore by Love’s own behavior. Last May, Love and her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, 9, filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve Nirvana LLC, a business partnership formed in 1997 by Love, representing the Cobain estate, and Novoselic and Grohl. In her filing, Love stated that she had signed the limited partnership agreement during a period in which her judgment had been “significantly impaired.” (Her husband committed suicide in 1994.) She also contended that she was misinformed about the band’s assets and that Nirvana LLC has not properly handled Cobain’s legacy. The original contract, says AP, specifies that any partner may examine another for “capacity.” Corr, reportedly citing Love’s alleged history of alcohol and drug abuse, argued that the widow should have a formal psychiatric evaluation to determine her competency. In his decision, Judge Alsdorf noted that Love has been called “mercurial,” and, he said, that was “not entirely without reason.” AP reports that on Wednesday the jurist warned her that should she again claim that she was incapacitated when first signed the business contract, the issue of a mental examination could be reactivated.

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