I neglected to write about this earlier but I was quoted by Law.com, an Atlanta legal newsletter about the partnership lawsuit filed by Kristen Hall against her former partners in the band Sugarland. Here's the link:www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202423619769
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.