Juan Gabriel's attorney says she's trying to vacate a Las Vegas judge's order for her client to appear in court Nov. 2--days before he's to receive the Latin Grammys' Person of the Year honor in the same city.

The singer was sued by a promoter, Mauricio Rind, in 2005 for allegedly breaching a performance contract for a Las Vegas event. Gabriel counter-sued, but didn't recover anything; Rind was eventually awarded a
judgment of about $355,000 plus several thousands more in attorneys' fees and costs.

Juan Gabriel's attorney Becky Pintar is fighting a motion to hold her client in contempt of court, a move she says the plaintiff is using to collect on the judgment. Gabriel is subject to a bench warrant for his arrest if he doesn't appear in court Nov. 2, but Pintar wants to forestall his appearance on the grounds that the case is under appeal.

Pintar says her client will appear in court Nov. 2 as a "worst-case scenario." Rind's attorney couldn't be reached for comment at press time.

Juan Gabriel is the Latin Recording Academy's 2009 Person of the Year, and will be feted at a star-studded gala at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Nov. 4, the night before the Latin Grammy awards. Enrique Iglesias is co-hosting the Person of the Year gala, which will feature performances by Juanes, David Bisbal, Franco De Vita, Shaila Dúrcal, Luis Fonsi, India, Playa Limbo, and La Quinta Estación.