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Trauma Records is a Los Angeles independent record label created in 1993 by Paul Palmer and Rob Kahane. Trauma Records had a Joint Venture Agreement with Interscope Records that included financing and distribution through Interscope Records. Trauma Records signed and developed bands such as Bush, No Doubt, Phunk Junkeez, and The Flys. Since 2004 it has been a subsidiary of Interscope Records.
In 1997, Trauma sued Interscope for $100 million when Interscope laid claim to No Doubt's contract, which Trauma asserted had been transferred to Trauma in 1995. The suit was settled out of court, allowing Trauma to retain the group's recording rights and obtain $3 to $5 million in cash. Trauma's Bush catalogue was transferred to Kirtland Records in 2005.
Trauma Records was also the label under which NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal released his hip-hop albums. Shaq's most anticipated album, Shaquille O'Neal Presents His Superfriends, Vol. 1 was never released.
Currently the label is inactive with no website or current address. Interscope has all but phased out the label following its decline in management and sales.
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