The Killers sued by Former Manager

Published: 2006-02-24
The Killers former manager Braden Merrick is suing the band and their current manager Robert Reynolds for $16 million claiming that the band did not live up to their contractual obligations with him and his company, From the Future.

According to the suit filed in Las Vegas, Merrick claims that the band ended their 2003 management contract without legal justification. According to Billboard, "Merrick claims that he first discovered the band in 2002 through a web site when he was a regional consultant for Warner Bros. The label rejected the band, but Merrick continued to work with the Killers to develop interest from other labels." Merrick claims that it was his efforts that finally got the band signed to Island Def Jam Music Group.

"Merrick claims that Reynolds, who was the band's attorney at that time, initially charged an "outrageous fee for legal services" -- 15% of the band's gross income. After the band only agreed to lower fees on Merrick's advice, Reynolds eventually convinced that band to shift management duties to him, the complaint alleges."

The Killers' lawyer Michael Guido, on the other hand says differently, "He was an absentee manager. He breached his agreement and his fiduciary duties."

The Killers' debut album Hot Fuss has sold over six million copies since its release in 2004.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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