Walter Becker Estate Responds To Donald Fagen’s Lawsuit

first_imgLast week, Donald Fagen filed a lawsuit against the estate of his late bandmate Walter Becker, who died earlier this year, over the rights to continue to use the name Steely Dan for performances. Fagen also filed a suit against Steely Dan’s management firm, alleging that the firm has been withholding records from him.Today, a representative of Walter Becker’s estate provides a statement regarding Donald Fagen’s lawsuit, expressing their disappointment. Read the full statement below.“We were disappointed to learn that Donald Fagen commenced a lawsuit against (the estate of) Walter Becker, his partner of 50 years, on the eve of Thanksgiving. We believe the agreement to which Mr. Fagen refers in his suit — drafted 45 years ago— was not in effect at the time of Walter’s death.Mr. Fagen’s lawsuit, riddled with half-truths and omissions, misleadingly fails to state that the day after Walter died, Mr. Fagen had his lawyer send a demand letter to Walter’s estate, thus beginning a legal campaign against Walter’s family immediately after his death. The misrepresentation that his widow, Ms. Cioffi initiated any litigious action is simply untrue. In our view, Mr. Fagen is unfairly trying to deprive Walter’s family of the fruits of their joint labors.Since Walter’s passing, we have endeavored to achieve a compromise with Mr. Fagen. We were close to a resolution with his longtime counsel who he suddenly fired. We then negotiated in good faith with replacement counsel who Mr. Fagen also fired. Mr. Fagen’s third and current lawyer did not even attempt to contact us prior to filing a lawsuit.While we regret Mr. Fagen’s latest actions, we will vigorously defend against his unwarranted and frivolous case.”As The Hollywood Reporter previously outlined of Fagen’s actions,“At the center of the lawsuit is a 1972 Buy/Sell Agreement signed by the original bandmembers when Steely Dan was incorporated. According to the complaint, which was filed Tuesday in L.A. County Superior Court, the contract provides that whenever a member of the group quits or dies Steely Dan purchases all of that members shares in the group.By the 2010s, Fagen and Becker were the only remaining shareholders and signatories to the Buy/Sell Agreement,” writes attorney Louis “Skip” Miller in the complaint. ‘Four days after Becker’s death, on September 7, 2017, the Becker Defendants sent Fagen a letter stating that ‘We wanted to put you on notice that the Buy/Sell Agreement dated as of October 31, 1972 is of no force or effect.’”The letter sent to Fagen by Becker’s estate also asked that Becker’s widow receive 50% ownership of and become an officer of Steely Dan. Fagen has claimed that the Becker estate currently has control of Steely Dan’s official website, with the estate of the late Steely Dan guitarist refusing to give him access or any control of the site. Fagen is seeking a million dollars in damages and hoping that the court will arrive at the decision that Fagen, following Becker’s passing, is the sole owner of the Steely Dan name.last_img read more

Kentucky native Blank becomes contributor for Syracuse

first_img Published on October 7, 2013 at 9:48 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Hard worker. That’s been the one universal term that Morgan Blank’s coaches have used to describe the freshman forward. “Morgan is one of the hardest working players that I have ever coached,” Blank’s former Pittsburgh Penguins Elite coach Kate Binnie said in an email to The Daily Orange. “She put in relentless hours at the gym getting stronger and faster.”The work Blank has put in seems to have paid off as the Fort Mitchell, Ky. native is now a freshman playing Division I ice hockey at Syracuse. Kentucky, of course, is better known for its fried chicken than its development of hockey players. But, surprisingly, Blank grew up in a hockey family.“My older brother and twin brother both played,” Blank said.Two boys playing youth hockey is not that strange — even if they are playing in Kentucky. But a small southern girl like Blank getting into this winter sport was far from normal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“My twin brother during tryouts one year didn’t want to try out,” Blank said. “And I’m like, ‘I’ll try out.’ And he then said, ‘Girls don’t play hockey.’”That drive that pushed Blank to prove her brother wrong is the same drive that has fueled her these past few years. It’s the same drive that has earned her playing time as a freshman on a team with 12 other forwards.“She’ll play,” Flanagan said. “She’ll definitely get some ice time.”It may not be a starting role, but it’s certainly an opportunity, and Blank has shown throughout her career that all she needs is an opportunity. She made the most out of that a year ago when her brother decided to not try out. She made the most of her spot on Binnie’s Penguins Elite squad, scoring 45 points on 24 goals and 21 assists during her senior year. And she’s making the most out of this one so far.“(Blank’s) an incredibly great kid. She’s smiling all the time, and brings an incredibly great component to our locker room,” Flanagan said. “I’m pleasantly surprised with what she’s done in practice so far.”Flangan even went as far as to compare the young Blank to senior captain Margot Scharfe, who has played in every game of her SU career and was named to the All-College Hockey America second team.Blank and Scharfe are both primarily defensive forwards who have the ability to score when necessary.“They’re both smart players, aggressive and work hard,” Flanagan said.Binnie said that this past year, Blank has played for a men’s team as well as the Penguins. Every weekend, she would travel four hours to practice with the Penguins and one hour to practice with the men’s team.“(Blank) always gives 100 percent. She never takes a game, period, or even a shift off,” Binnie said. “She will outwork anyone on the ice.”  Commentslast_img read more