Court Rules In Favor Of Tim McGraw In Contract Battle
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Tennessee's Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling in the ongoing contract dispute between country star Tim McGraw and Curb Records.
The ruling allows McGraw to continue recording music with a rival label - Big Machine Records.
Early in 2012 music label Big Machine announced it had signed McGraw and would be releasing an album of 20 recordings with the artist. Curb Records claimed that those recordings belong to them since they believe the tracks were recorded during the term of its agreement with McGraw.
In a response released Wednesday, Curb Records said "We respectfully disagree with today's ruling by the Court of Appeals on that issue, and we intend to continue to pursue this issue, including through the further appeals process as appropriate, in light of the significance of the underlying principles involved,'.
McGraw had been with Curb since his career began nearly 20 years ago. In May 2011 he filed a countersuit against Curb seeking his freedom from the contract and monetary damages for breach of contract and for interfering with McGraw's business relationships by withholding his album "Emotional Traffic".
In November 2011 a judge ruled that McGraw could sign a deal with another record label without being in breach of contract. Curb Records appealed that decision and is awaiting a decision in the case from a higher court.