(CN) - A California music company is claiming interference in its rights to distribute "Undisputed," the new album by rapper DMX.
Seven Arts Entertainment sued Craig Sussman and Charles Gullo for breach of contract and interference with contractual relations in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Seven Arts says it bought the rights to the album, which was formerly titled "Redemption of the Beast," from non-party David Michery in February.
Before Michery bought the rights to the record, the previous owner had hired Sussman and Gullo to distribute the album, on the condition that Sussman and his label, In the Zone Entertainment Group, pay recording costs plus $500,000 to complete the album, according to the complaint. But the prior owner ended up selling the album to Mitchery, and Sussman and In the Zone allegedly never paid the fees.
Nevertheless, Seven Arts says it agreed to settle any claims from Sussman and Gullo over the album. But the pair allegedly tried to rescind the agreement because Seven Arts paid the settlement amount "a few days after the five day period ... due to delays by the Seven Arts' transfer agent in procuring the issuance of the stock certificates to be delivered as part of the consideration."
Seven Arts demands an injunction to keep Sussman and Gullo from interfering with its attempts to distribute the album, plus $6 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
Los Angeles attorney Peter Hoffman is representing Seven Arts.
Earl "DMX" Simmons won the American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist in 2000 and was nominated for Grammy Awards in 2001 and 2002 for his performances in "Party Up (Up In Here)" and "Who We Be."