A&M Founders Sue Universal

Musician Herb Alpert and producer Jerry Moss, founders of

A&M Records (Sheryl Crow, Soundgarden, Sting), are

suing Universal Music Group for $200 million, their attorney confirmed

Wednesday (June 30). The pair originally sold the label to PolyGram in

1989 with a provision that required A&M's integrity and reputation be

maintained for 20 years. Alpert and Moss claim that changes instituted

when Universal bought PolyGram last year — including the shift of

some artists to other labels and an office move — have violated

that contract. "There's a general sense in the industry that this label

has disappeared or is in the process of disappearing," Richard Posell,

attorney for the founders, said. A spokesperson for Universal said he

could not comment on pending litigation. Posell has filed a motion with

the court to add the claim to an earlier suit against PolyGram over

accounting disputes. A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 18.