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Styx Lawsuit

We Were CHEATED ...

By Evil Record Co. Plot

2/27/2013 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Styx
 -- one of the greatest rock bands ever -- says a record company concocted an elaborate scheme to CHEAT the band out of major royalty payments for YEARS ... all so the company could pocket the dough itself, this according to a new lawsuit.

The band -- who had major hits like "Lady" and "Come Sail Away" -- filed the lawsuit under its corporation Gelderdisk LTD in Los Angeles County Superior Court Friday, against music giant A&M Records.

In the docs, Styx says A&M has purposefully been shorting the band royalty income earned from digital downloads and ringtones -- and did so by concocting a "phony business model" in order to "avoid its royalty obligations."

Specifically Styx claims for every ONE dollar the band's been paid over the years "it should have been paid, or credited anywhere between TWO and FIVE dollars."

Styx is suing for unspecified damages -- to be proven at trial -- but based on the band's success over the last three decades ... it probably has a pretty big number in mind.

Calls to A&M were not returned.

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Turk182    

The current members of Styx better also give Dennis DeYoung his share as well!

550 days ago
17.

DaveT    

Styx!
Don't always agree with everything on TMZ of course but they def have a way of reminding me of good rock music and sending me to Youtube to find it.
Rock concerts rule \m/

550 days ago
18.

Steven    

Awesome band... I have seen them 19 times and about to see them for the 20th time May 5th... Best live band I have seen... And I will continue to see them... People who hate them have no taste and are arrogant *******s who probably like U2 and Bruce!!

549 days ago
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