Stripes, Royalties & Knives

A federal jury concluded June 15th that Jim Diamond, who is listed as co-producer on The White Stripes‘ 1999 debut, will not get a share of the royalties.

Diamond is also listed as sound mixer on 2000’s De Stijl and claimed he had a part in creating the duo’s sound. The jury arrived at its decision three days after the trial began.

Drummer Meg White testified that although Diamond was given a co-producing credit on the band’s first album, the credit should have gone only to Jack White.

The courtroom drama may have been quick and with the verdict predictable, but testimony did venture into adventurous territory. Diamond’s attorney attempted a character profile of Jack White, which led to Von Bondies frontman Jason Stollsteimer taking the stand in Detroit’s U.S. District Court. Stollsteimer and White recounted details of their highly publicized brawl at a Detroit nightclub in 2003. Stollsteimer claimed he was threatened by White prior to the fight.

“I found a note stuck to my door with a knife in it,” Stollsteimer said.

The knife allegedly held a magazine interview in which White thought Stollsteimer downplayed his part in producing a Von Bondies’ album. Written across the page was “That’s the last … time I help you out.”

White, who pleaded guilty in 2004 to misdemeanor assault and battery in connection with the fight, said Stollsteimer’s claim was “a laughable lie.”