Ke$ha Being Sued by Former Manager
Wed, 06 Oct 2010 09:18:49
Pop star Ke$ha is baring her claws against her former manager. who is suing her for $14 million in allegedly unpaid commissions. Ke$ha is asking the California Labor Commissioner to declare her contract with DAS Communications void because the firm acted as an unlicensed talent agent while representing her. That's a big no-no in California, where only registered (and regulated) agents can "procure" work for clients.
Ke$ha was sued in New York in May for allegedly breaching a 2006 deal to pay New York-based DAS and principal David Sonenberg 20 percent of her music earnings. The singer later left DAS and hired RCA/Jive Record Group to represent her, according to the lawsuit. The point of contention is whether or not DAS is entitled to commissions from Ke$ha's lucrative deal with Warner Bros. Records, among other things.
Ke$ha isn't taking the suit lying down. This August, she retaliated with a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that she was well within her rights to fire the management company. She is moving the case to California, where she is alleging many acts of "procurement" for her work, including singing engagements, songwriting gigs and even performing at house parties. What a legal mess.
It's expected that Ke$ha's lawyers will file a motion to halt the case in New York.
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