After losing a judgement Davidson County's Chancery Court and then with the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld Chancellor Russell Perkins’ ruling, Curb Records now has decided to take the trial to the federal level, filing a claim in the US District Court or the Middle District of Tennessee for Copyright Infringement.
The claim goes against both McGraw and his new recording partner Big Machine Records over McGraw's successful Two Lanes Of Freedom album, released early this year. Curb Records claims the album should actually belong to Curb Records and that McGraw recorded the album while he was still under contract with Curb Records.
If this all sounds a little familiar, it should as McGraw's previous album Emotional Traffic was recorded for the label but Curb argued in a breach of contract suit filed in 2011 that McGraw had recorded the tracks of Emotional Traffic during an "unauthorized period" of time in an attempt to quickly fulfill his contract obligations so he could leave the only record label that had been his home.
Curb's new lawsuit is asking the federal court to determine that Two Lanes Of Freedom belongs to the label. The suit also is maintaining that Tim McGraw also owes Curb Records a sixth album as the result of a 2001 settlement agreement regarding "Greatest Hits" albums that weren't fulfilled.
What the lawsuit doesn't show is that Curb Records released a Greatest Hits album in 2000 -- against McGraw's wishes -- and then the first of their 'settlement' Greatest Hits album, Greatest Hits, Volume II, in 2006. 2008 Saw the release of Greatest Hits, Volume III and in 2010 Number One Hits was released, with one track from Emotional Traffic -- "Felt Good On My Lips" -- featured on the album. Curb only released Let It Go between Greatest Hits II and III and Southern Voice in the years between Greatest Hits III and the Number One Hits collection.