The Black Crowes have filed a breach of contract lawsuit against international insurance company Lloyd's Of London, stemming from the company's refusal to compensate the Crowes for loss of profits and

The Black Crowes have filed a breach of contract lawsuit against international insurance company Lloyd's Of London, stemming from the company's refusal to compensate the Crowes for loss of profits and expenses incurred when their tour with Jimmy Page was canceled last fall.

According to a statement, Page and the Crowes purchased a Lloyd's policy insuring against loss, in the event that any portion of their tour would be canceled. Indeed, a recurring back injury forced Page to initially bow out of seven shows in August. The tour was set to resume in September, but Page reaggravated the injury, forcing the cancellation of several North American shows as well as a month-long swing through Europe and Japan.

The Crowes claim Lloyd's is now refusing to honor the policy. The canceled dates "resulted in great financial loss ... in both lost profits and expenses irrevocably incurred in [their] preparation," the suit says. The Crowes also claim that the insurance company's "malicious course of conduct .. threatens the interests, rights, and livelihood" of the band.

The Crowes are seeking an undisclosed amount in both punitive and compensatory damages.

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