Multi-platinum recording artist Mario filed a lawsuit today (Feb. 16) against Troy Patterson and Third Street Music Group to void his contract with the production company, which he entered as a minor.

Multi-platinum recording artist Mario filed a lawsuit today (Feb. 16) against Troy Patterson and Third Street Music Group to void his contract with the production company, which he entered as a minor.

Mario Barrett, 19, claims that he has only received roughly $50,000 from two albums that together have sold more than 3 million units worldwide, generating about $20 million in sales for J Records. Meanwhile Patterson – or his company – has received "hundreds of thousands" of dollars through its recording agreement with J Records, which calls for seven albums, the suit says. J Records is not named in the suit.

“Mario values his relationship with Clive Davis and J Records,” says Kenny Meiselas, a partner with Grubman, Indursky and Shire in New York. The high-profile lawyer, who also represents Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige and other superstars, was retained by Mario about six months ago to handle his business affairs. “Mario’s issues are solely with Troy Patterson and Patterson’s production company, Third Street Music Group.”

According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in New York, Patterson "insinuated" himself into Mario's life eight years ago, taking advantage of the absence of the artist's father and the drug addiction of his mother. In 2000, Mario entered a recording and publishing agreement with Third Street, which then entered into a deal with J Records.

After release of Mario's first album in July 2002, Patterson and Mario's aunt were appointed as the minor's guardian in connection with the agreement by a Baltimore court, the suit claims. Patterson – or his company – then acted as legal guardian, personal manager, business manager, record company and publisher for Mario. In late 2004, Mario parted ways with Patterson.

Mario is asking the court to void his agreement with Third Street and to award damages for fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and other wrongful conduct.

Mario is managed by J Erving for the Coalition. John Rosenberg, head of the entertainment litigation group for Sullivan & Worcester in New York, is handling the litigation.

Patterson declined comment. Clive Davis was unavailable for comment.