Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Sugarland lawsuit

I neglected to write about this earlier but I was quoted by, an Atlanta legal newsletter about the partnership lawsuit filed by Kristen Hall against her former partners in the band Sugarland. Here's the

This case underscores the point that I (and every other entertainment lawyer on the planet) have always made to bands who are about to achieve any level of success: you have to have an agreement in writing with your bandmates. Even with an amicable departure, there will always be room for misunderstanding and misinterpretation. A well drafted partnership agreement can't solve every problem but it will certainly help in the event of a disagreement. Furthermore, a departing member's right to compensation needs to be dealt with as close to the departure date as possible.

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