Lawyers for Tim McGraw and Curb Records were back in a Nashville courtroom Friday for an appeals hearing in their ongoing legal battle. Curb first sued Tim for breach of contract claiming he turned in his Emotional Traffic album too soon to fulfill his record deal with the label. Under the contract, Tim is supposed to space his albums out by 18 months and turn in new music that satisfies both Tim and the label.
Tim countersued saying that Curb was artificially prolonging that 18-month period by releasing greatest hits compilations that forced him to wait even longer to release new albums. Tim claims that tactic led him to a state of "involuntary servitude" to Curb Records. A Nashville judge said last November that Tim was free to record for another label, and he is now signed to Big Machine Records. Curb also claims the new music Tim has recorded for Big Machine Records actually belongs to them, and Tim is still under contract to Curb.
According to The Tennessean , Friday's hearing addressed the court's decision to allow Tim to record for Big Machine Records. Curb sought to reverse that decision, but one of the three judges in the hearing, Judge Frank Clement , said Curb's request to make Tim give them another album "brings up the concept of involuntary servitude."
Curb's lawyer Jay Bowen said they are only trying to hold Tim to his contract with them, which means he still owes them a new studio album. A ruling on this appeal could take as long as a few months to come down.
Tim McGraw and Curb Records will be back in court Friday for another hearing on Curb's initial lawsuit. Lawyers for Tim's new label, Big Machine Records, are expected to argue at that hearing that Curb should not be allowed to subpoena their executives in the case.
Tim's new single, "Truck Yeah,' is his first release on Big Machine Records.
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