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Curb was seeking the documents to solidify its claim that Tim had violated his contract with the label and to determine how much it should be paid for damages. However, Perkins determined that some of the requested information could be confidential, and therefore detrimental to Big Machine's business.
Although, Perkins' decision could be overruled by the appeals court currently faced with the original lawsuit between Tim and Curb Records. In November, a judge ruled that the artist was free to record with another label, but his first musical home immediately appealed the decision.
Curb claims the Louisiana native owes the label another album under his contract, after turning in his Emotional Traffic album too soon after his previous project. His deal with the company required him to wait 18 months between albums. Tim maintains that the company abused that clause by releasing compilation albums in order to prolong the agreement. Since 2006, the company has released five records of previously recorded songs from the showman: Reflected: Greatest Hits Vol. 2; Greatest Hits: Limited Edition; Collector's Edition; Greatest Hits 3; and Number One Hits.
Read the full Tennessean article on the case here.