New allegations tune up Henley/Geffen/MCA suit

The legal battle between singer Don Henley and Geffen Records heated up this week when the former Eagles drummer charged in court papers that mogul David Geffen conspired with other record labels, advising them not to sign him.

Henley is suing Geffen to get out of his recording pact with the label, now owned by MCA.

The suit claims his agreement with Geffen violated the California law that prohibits artists from being signed to contracts longer than seven years. The singer also claimed the sale of Geffen to MCA and Matsushita voids his agreement.

Henley owes the label two albums under the pact, which he has repeatedly stated he will not deliver.

The amended complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court alleges that execs at Warner Bros., Sony and EMI conspired with Geffen to not sign Henley or any other artist that sought to break its recording pact with the labels.

EMI confirmed last March that it offered Henley a $ 3 million contract.

A Geffen spokesman dismissed the new allegations as a ploy for publicity, adding that the company does not comment on ongoing litigation involving the label.

An MCA spokesperson said the company was familiar with the new allegations, but declined comment.

Don Engel, Henley’s attorney, has called the conspiracy aspect an “attempt to revoke the seven-year rule itself.”

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