THE White Stripes are being sued by a producer who claims he played a key role in creating their signature sound. JIM DIAMOND worked on the band's first two albums and claims he deserves a share of their royalties. Jury selection began Monday (12JUNE06) in the federal lawsuit brought by the producer and is expected to last a week. Band members JACK and Meg White have denied Diamond helped create the band's style in legal documents filed in the case. Diamond is listed as a co-producer on the band's self-titled first album, released in 1999, and is listed as a sound mixer on DE STIJL, which was released in 2000. The producer filed suit in April (06) in US District Court in Detroit, Michigan, where the rock duo was originally based. According to court documents filed by the band, they paid Diamond $35 (GBP19) an hour for time at his Ghetto Recorders studio, which he started in 1996.