Travis Tritt sues record label
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
– Travis Tritt sued embattled Category 5 Records Tuesday for $10 million in federal court, alleging that the company misrepresented itself and has failed to pay royalties to him.
Tritt issued his last album, "The Storm" on Category 5 in August.
Label head Ray Termini also owns Haven Healthcare, a nursing care facility company based in Connecticut, which is under scrutiny by the state for its treatment of patients along with questionable finances, which led to the financing of Category 5. Haven Healthcare filed for bankruptcy last month. Termini has denied the charges.
The spokesperson for Tritt could not be reached Tuesday night for comment.
Tritt alleged that he did not receive creative control in making his disc as promised. He also claimed he did not receive funds from Category 5 for royalties and promotional travel for the album.
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