Catalog label Fuel 2000 Records has filed a breach-of-contract suit against its former VP of sales Mark Heyert, alleging that he intentionally incurred enormous advertising expenses to inflate his ann

LOS ANGELES -- Catalog label Fuel 2000 Records has filed a breach-of-contract suit against its former VP of sales Mark Heyert, alleging that he intentionally incurred enormous advertising expenses to inflate his annual bonus.

The label's suit, filed Wednesday (July 7) in California Superior Court in L.A., claims that L.A.-based Fuel 2000 incurred retailer charge-backs in excess of $250,000 due to Heyert's unauthorized advertising allowances, which increased by more than 150% in 2003.

The action also alleges that Heyert removed documentation of the ad deals and his employment contract from the Fuel 2000 offices without authorization.

Liquid 8 seeks special, general and punitive damages to be determined, plus a declaration that Heyert is entitled to no further compensation under his November 2000 employment contract.

Heyert, who joined Minneapolis-based Liquid 8 Records as VP of sales in February, could not be reached for comment.