Jay Rifkin has filed a $10 million suit against former business partner Hans Zimmer, claiming the composer wrongly tried to dissolve their company, Media Ventures Entertainment.

Jay Rifkin has filed a $10 million suit against former business partner Hans Zimmer, claiming the composer wrongly tried to dissolve their company, Media Ventures Entertainment.

The two formed Media Ventures--a production house for film and television scoring--in 1989 after Rifkin helped produce Zimmer's score to "Rain Man," according to the action.

The suit, which was filed Thursday in L.A. Superior Court, claims that Zimmer earlier this year began recruiting composers and employees of Media Ventures to work directly for him. "This conduct caused a veritable run on the company," the suit says. "Composers stopped honoring their contracts."

Rifkin, who still runs Media Ventures, says Zimmer "abandoned his loyalty to his longtime friend and partner and engaged in a textbook example of breach of fiduciary duties to oust him." Rifkin seeks at least $10 million in damages.

Zimmer's lawyer, Bonnie Eskenazy, dismisses the suit as "superfluous."

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