Band, label lay down the lawsuits


Victory Records and Hawthorne Heights have reached an agreement ending their litigation. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

In August 2006, Hawthorne Heights sued the label and its founder and owner Tony Brummel. The suit claimed that Brummel's "overly aggressive, unethical and illegal schemes and tactics," including threatening music industry figures and scheming against other artists, had severely damaged the band's reputation and its relationship with fans.

The label countersued, claiming rights to release future albums of the band.

Victory will release Hawthorne Heights' third studio album, "Fragile Future," on Aug. 5.

Susan Butler is a senior correspondent for Billboard.