Skechers has filed a countersuit against Britney Spears, claiming fraud and breach of contract. The footwear company alleges the pop singer delayed decisions relating to product designs and advertisin

Skechers has filed a countersuit against Britney Spears, claiming fraud and breach of contract. The footwear company alleges the pop singer delayed decisions relating to product designs and advertising for Britney 4 Wheelers roller skates and apparel. A Skechers representative says they were "continuously shut down, rejected, and ignored."

The complaint says Spears fraudulently induced Skechers into sponsoring her 2001-2002 concert tour as a condition of getting the merchandise license.

Spears filed her own suit against Skechers just before Christmas, claiming Skechers ran ads with her picture before her line of skates was available, which caused her to miss out on lucrative bonuses. The suit seeks a $1 million payment due to Spears under the merchandising agreement and $500,000 under the tour sponsorship agreement, plus unspecified damages and attorneys fees.

A spokesperson for Spears issued a statement calling the countersuit "a ludicrous attempt to distract the court and the general public from the real issue: Skechers failed to meet their contractual financial obligations to Ms. Spears; they were unsuccessful in securing appropriate licensees to produce the line and completely abandoned their program to support this project.

"Skechers' priority was clearly to associate themselves with Britney and leverage her appeal to the lucrative teenage market. However they failed to live up to their end of the agreement. Ms. Spears has already commenced legal proceedings to vindicate her rights, and we are confident that the court will support our position."

Spears has begun work on her fourth Jive album, which could be out as early as the fall.


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