MSHK, the holding company of the Ministry Of Sound label and lifestyle brand, is taking legal action following the demise of digital marketing and direct-to-consumer company Trinity Street.

Trinity Street built and administered Ministry Of Sound's online store, which is currently unavailable. A message states that "a fantastic new Web site" will have an "imminent launch."

MSHK, which also includes the Hed Kandi brand, has issued a High Court writ against Ingenious Media Active Capital (IMAC), Trinity Universal Holdings, Trinity Street Direct, Sanjay Wadhwani, a director at Ingenious Ventures, and Barney Wragg, who became CEO of Trinity Street in December.

MSHK are claiming the return of money owed to them from sales of tickets, digital downloads, CDs and merchandise through www.ministryofsound.com, and damages linked to the Web site, which was shut down when Trinity Street ceased to trade on Feb. 13. The writ also claims for damage to reputation and court costs.

The legal action follows the removal of Trinity Street chairman David Robson and CEO Andy Murray by the board of Trinity Universal Holdings on Dec. 4 last year. MSHK are claiming misrepresentation and negligent misstatement against all five defendants named in the writ, stemming from statements about the stability and solvency of Trinity Street and its ability to continue to provide services to MSHK. MSHK claims that this prevented them from putting in place alternative facilities for their digital sales operations, leading to a significant loss of business.

Lohan Presencer, CEO of MSHK, said in a statement: "Online sales form a significant part of our business and www.ministryofsound.com is an important commercial platform for us, servicing over 250,000 visitors per week. To suddenly find that we had no Web site was a terrible blow, especially as we had received repeated assurances from senior directors at Trinity Street and management from Ingenious that the company remained solvent and stable."

Since the start of MSHK's lawsuit, Trinity has gone into administration - roughly equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy - but MSHK maintains its claims for substantial damages.

A spokesman for IMAC said that "everything possible had been done to safeguard the interests of creditors, and that the charges made by MSHK would be vigorously contested."