The White Stripes have won their court case against associate Jim Diamond.
The Detroit jury decided that the band alone were responsible for creating their signature sound. Jim Diamond had instigated the federal lawsuit claiming that he was owed royalties for his work on The White Stripes‘ 1999 eponymous debut and its’ 2000 follow-up ‘De Stijl’.
However, Jack and Meg White maintained that Diamond was paid the agreed $35 an hour for engineering. However, Diamond was credited as co-producer on ‘The White Stripes’ and as sound mixer on ‘De Stijl’.
Outside court, Jack White told The Detroit News: “You never know what’s going to happen in a trial.”
Posting on their official website, The White Stripes said: “This was a classic shakedown. They expected us to settle but we refused to back down. It took the jury less than 20 minutes to decide what this case was really about. We are grateful the jury saw through Diamond‘s case and ruled accordingly.”
As previously reported by NME.COM, The Von Bondies‘ frontman, Jason Stollsteimer, testified over the course of the trial, claiming White stuck a threatening note to his door with a knife. Diamond alleged the same against the guitarist.
Jack White is no stranger to court appearances, having been previously convicted of the assault and battery of Stollsteimer in a Detroit club in 2004.