In January, songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden filed a lawsuit against songwriter Ed Sheeran and performers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill over their song "The Rest Of Our Life." Carey and Golden claim that the track is far too similar to their 2014 song "When I Found You" performed by Jasmine Rae. (The song was a hit in Austrailia.) The lawsuit reads that "the copying is, in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of original elements of the song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer" and seeks $5 million in damages. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill released the song last October.
Now, Ed Sheeran has filed legal paperwork, as well. According to NME, his April 2nd countersuit reads that "The Rest Of Our Life" is an originally and independently created musical composition." He aims to see the lawsuit dropped as he states that he didn't purposefully pull any musical elements from "When I Found You."
This marks the third lawsuit Sheeran has faced. Marvin Gaye's family filed against Sheeran in 2016, saying his song "Thinking Out Loud" drew too heavily from "Let's Get It On," but the case was dismissed. Then, songwriters Thomas Leonard and Martin Harrington sued Sheeran over Matt Cardle's 2012 song "Amazing" and its similarities to Sheeran's "Photograph." The case was settled out of court and the lawsuit was dismissed.