According to DNAinfo, James Murphy has filed a lawsuit against fellow DFA Records founder Tim Goldsworthy, accusing him of “breach of contract”, “unjust enrichment,” and failure to perform various services. Murphy is seeking to recoup nearly $100,000 “owed” to the label in addition to punitive damages and legal fees.
Murphy co-founded DFA with Goldsworthy in 2001, and the label has since put out releases by Murphy’s own LCD Soundsystem, Holy Ghost!, Free Energy, and more. However, three years ago, Goldsworthy relocated from New York back to UK in order to raise his family. DFA label manager Jonathan Galkin told Resident Advisor that Goldsworthy did so without informing the rest of the company and failed to maintain any contact.
“We have had no word from him since he left the United States. So we moved on with our lives and our business,” Galkin told Resident Advisor. “Simple as that. He most definitely took a piece of us when he left, but we wish him the best with whatever he gets up to next.”
According to the lawusit, “attempts to amicably resolve this matter were rebuffed” by Goldsworthy.