Donald Fagen Sues Walter Becker's Estate Over Steely Dan Ownership

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Donald Fagen Sues Walter Becker's Estate Over Steely Dan Ownership

Fagen has sued the estate of his late musical partner Walter Becker over the ownership of the band's name.

Fagen alleges that the Becker estate has already begun to improperly assert control over the Steely Dan name, specifically through the band's website, which the estate operates.

Fagen, who's continued to lead Steely Dan on tour without Becker, before and after his death, is seeking more than $1 million in damages and is asking the court to enforce the Buy/Sell Agreement and name him the sole owner of Steely Dan. In Fagen's view, this move violates the 1972 agreement.

Donald Fagen may be the only remaining member of Steely Dan, but he's still fighting for control of the band.

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 now 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.

At the center of the lawsuit is a 1972 buy-sell agreement signed by the original bandmembers when Steely Dan was incorporated. Fagen also claims that Steely Dan's business management firm of Nigro, Karlin, Segal, Feldstein & Bolno has been withholding accounting records.

"This lawsuit is about a contract, the enforcement of that contract and the continuity of Steely Dan", Miller told The Hollywood Reporter.

"It is clear the Becker defendants have no intention of honoring the mandatory ... provision", the lawsuit that was filed Tuesday says.

In early September, Steely Dan's Walter Becker died at the age of 67.

Fagen further goes on to say that, since Becker's death, his estate has taken over the Steely Dan website and he no longer has access.

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