West’s attorneys filed a 20-page lawsuit August 29th accusing Miller of improperly trying to distribute some of the master recordings earlier this year without the artist’s authorization.
The Grammy-winning performer is seeking no less than $1.3 million. The suit also demands that the house music afficionado stop using West’s name or voice in connection with the master recordings.
Miller, who owns Focus Music Group, helped record tracks including “Stop Frontin'” and “Ho!” before West became a household name in hip-hop.
Court papers say Miller approached Nashville-based
Galt Entertainment officials reportedly were suspicious of the deal and checked with West’s representatives. When contacted, Miller allegedly responded via e-mail that he had used a “dummy”contract just to get the record label’s attention, the paper said.
West’s legal team said the dispute is especially damaging since it made headlines as the star released his new album, Late Registration, August 30th.