David Lee Roth has filed suit against Warner Bros. Records and his former bandmates in VAN HALEN, claiming he was underpaid royalties, Billboard Bulletin reports. According to the suit — filed Wednesday in California Superior Court for Los Angeles county — Warner Bros. Records and VAN HALEN signed a 1996 contract to raise the royalty rate on the band's catalog.Roth argues that the 1996 agreement was instituted without his knowledge and was a "plan to divert royalties" due to him. The singer claims to be owed 25% of VAN HALEN's royalties, per a contract he signed upon leaving the band in 1986. He seeks damages to be determined at trial. "This is not the first case — and probably not the last case — to examine entertainment industry financial and accounting practices," Roth's attorney said in a statement. "Until the defendants' financial records have been produced and reviewed, we will have no further comment."
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