Frayed relationship: Denver band, ex-manager suing each other |

Frayed relationship: Denver band, ex-manager suing each other

Felisa Cardona
The Denver Post
Members of the band "The Fray," from left, Joe King, Ben Wysocki, Isaac Slade and Dave Welsh are interviewed in New York, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Denver’s hometown rock band the Fray is suing its former manager in federal court, claiming he had a secret side deal that could leave him with millions from the group’s songwriting and publishing income.

The former manager, Greg Latterman, contends he informed the band’s attorney, Reid Hunter, about the terms of the 2004 agreement and Hunter never questioned the deal.

Latterman is countersuing the band for $750,000 he says he is owed for commission and other expenses. He claims that the Fray, having achieved worldwide success, is now trying to get out of the agreement.

During a brief hearing Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland granted Latterman’s motion to present an argument that Hunter was informed of the agreement if the case goes to trial.

The Fray’s attorney, Ryan Carson, said he intends to file a motion to strike Boland’s decision and says Latterman is solely responsible for damages against the Fray.

The band says there was an oral agreement with Latterman that he would receive 20 percent commission on the publishing rights to their music. But, according to the band, when it signed the publishing contract, Latterman did not tell members that he also had an agreement with EMI Music to receive 35 percent of the band’s interest in publishing revenue.

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