The Black Crowes are in settlement talks with the original member Steve Gorman after a long case over royalty payments. Now, there suggests an agreement on the table. Gorman sued to confirm the accuracy of his royalty payments and audit the partnership’s records; he also sued for breach of contract, among other complaints.
Gorman told Rolling Stone, “We are engaged in settlement discussions, but the case has not settled. We’re optimistic that a deal can be reached, but if not, we intend to move forward with the litigation.”
“The parties are actively engaged in settlement communications and are currently drafting deal terms that the parties currently expect will materialize into an executed settlement and dismissal of this action,” the filing noted.
As Gorman’s lawsuit – obtained by Rolling Stone – stated, “Defendants have failed to perform their obligations in full accordance with the Partnership Agreement by, among other things, failing to pay Plaintiff amounts owed under the Partnership Agreement, denying Plaintiff access to inspect the Partnership’s books and records, and improperly deducting unauthorized expenses from the royalty payments Plaintiff has received to date.”
“For more than five years, my attorneys and I have made repeated requests to review the Partnership’s books to confirm the accuracy of royalty payments and my share, but Chris and Rich have consistently ignored my rights under the Partnership Agreement,” Gorman said in a statement at the time.
“I regret that it has come to this, as I remain incredibly proud of the music we created as a band, but their conduct has left me with no choice but to ask a court to order them to give me this information, which I’m entitled to under our partnership agreement and the law.”
– Excerpt from an article for Rolling Stone by Daniel Kreps. Read the full article here.
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