Local Band "The Killers" Countersues Manager

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The rock band The Killers is countersuing a
former manager in federal court in Nevada, where the two sides seek
millions of dollars from each other over breach-of-contract

Lawyers for the Las Vegas-based group accuse Braden Merrick of "double-dealing" after the band burst on the music scene with the
multi-platinum album "Hot Fuss" in 2004.

An 18-page counterclaim filed Friday in U.S. District Court in
Las Vegas alleges that Merrick was secretly paid by Island Def Jam
Records while managing the band.

Merrick's lawyer maintains that Merrick was dumped after helping
the band achieve fame and fortune.

The countersuit came in response to a $16 million civil
breach-of-contract lawsuit Merrick filed in February 2006 -- 10
months after he and the band parted ways.

The Killers formed in 2002 in Las Vegas and released "Hot
Fuss" two years later on Island Def Jam. The band recently
released a third album, "Day & Age."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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