Last week it was reported that Steely Dan's Donald Fagen was suing the estate of his bandmate Walter Becker (who died in September) over rights/ownership of Steely Dan. At the heart of it was a 1972 agreement where if one of them quit or died, the other had the option to buy his shares. Becker's estate gave a statement to Rolling Stone:

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.

Fagen also claims that Becker's widow sent a letter stating she is entitled to 50% ownership of Steely Dan, and that the Becker estate currently has control over the band's website. "The misrepresentation that his widow, [Delia Becker] initiated any litigious action is simply untrue," added the Becker estate's representative.

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