Jason Cassidy, “a rapidly rising national star in the country music genre,” and investor A-Blake Records filed a defamation suit Jan. 26 in the 195th District Court in Houston. According to the petition in A-Blake Records, et al. v. Michael Sanders, et al., Spring resident Michael Sanders and unidentified Doe defendants have posted defamatory, false and harassing statements on the Internet about Cassidy. The petition claims Deer Park-based A-Blake has invested several hundred thousand dollars developing and promoting Cassidy. His lyrics make promises about getting to “Honky Tonk Heaven” with “boots on” and remind listeners that “sometimes a man just needs a breather.” The petition alleges causes of action for defamation, interference with a business relationship, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The plaintiffs seek an unspecified amount of damages, including exemplary damages from each defendant, and temporary and permanent injunctions barring the defendants from further posting the alleged defamatory statements. Sanders has an unpublished telephone number and thus could not be reached for comment. No lawyer is listed on the court records as representing Sanders. Houston solo Jack Terry represents Cassidy and A-Blake and says he does not know if Sanders has counsel.
-- Miriam Rozen