In the suit, Curb Records — which McGraw signed with in 1997 — alleges that McGraw is still under contract with them, Courthouse News reports.
The federal suit alleges that because McGraw is still under contract, the deal he signed last year with Big Machine Records is null and void. Curb says that McGraw still owes it one more record on his deal with the company and is asking the court to award it copyright and control off all songs and properties pertaining to the album, Two Lanes of Freedom, that McGraw recorded for Big Machine.
The lawsuit demands the Curb get the original masters for up to 20 songs that McGraw has recorded for Big Machine records as well as the copyrights and the right to use his name and likeness in promoting those works.
Curb had originally sued McGraw in Tennessee state court. A judge there agreed to hear the case but allowed McGraw to continue recording for Big Machine until the case was judged.