LeAnn Rimes has filed suit against her record label in an effort to have her recording contract nullified, the Dallas Morning News reports.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Dallas this week, Rimes, now 18 years old, seeks to void the contract her mother and father signed for her with Curb Records in 1995.
LeAnn Rimes Entertainment Inc., which her mother runs, is also named in the suit for technical reasons, said Rimes' Dallas lawyer Tom Rhodus, who added that Rimes' mother supports the singer's filing of the lawsuit. Rhodus told the Dallas Morning News that Rimes wants to take charge of her own career now that she is legally an adult.
The lawsuit asks that Curb give Rimes the rights to all past recordings and videos, give up all publishing interests in her compositions and destroy all currently available recordings.
Earlier this year, a lawsuit filed in district court in Dallas by Rimes' mother, Belinda, against her father, Wilbur Rimes, who served as LeAnn's co-manager and producer, alleges that Wilbur Rimes and co-manager Lyle Walker stole an estimated $7 million from the singer's earnings. That lawsuit is pending. Rimes' parents divorced in 1997.
Rimes, who formerly lived in the Dallas area and now lives in Los Angeles, has sold an estimated 20 million albums since the release of her debut, Blue, in 1996.
John David, a lawyer for Curb, said that Curb maintains the contract is lawful and binding.