Courtney Love Files Massive Suit Against UMG
Courtney Love and Doll Head Inc., the corporate entity of Love's band Hole, have filed a wide-ranging, stingingly worded cross-complaint against Geffen Records and Universal Music Group (UMG), BillboaCourtney Love and Doll Head Inc., the corporate entity of Love's band Hole, have filed a wide-ranging, stingingly worded cross-complaint against Geffen Records and Universal Music Group (UMG), Billboard Bulletin reports. The action, filed yesterday (Feb. 28) in Los Angeles Superior Court, rebuts allegations in a breach-of-contract suit filed last year by Geffen and UMG against Love, Doll Head, and Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson.
Love's suit assails what it terms "unfair, unlawful, fraudulent, and oppressive business practices." It alleges that Hole's July 1992 contract with Geffen was filled with "one-sided provisions, standard in the industry," including a schedule mandating delivery of a new album every year for seven years.
The action also seeks to invalidate a 1987 amendment to section 2855 of the California Labor Code, which limits personal-services contracts to seven years. The suit says the amendment uses "the specter of protracted litigation and 'damages' [for non-delivery of albums] ... to prevent artists from gaining fair payment for their creative efforts." In their suit, Geffen and UMG claimed that Hole failed to deliver five albums due under its contract.
Love's complaint also alleges that Geffen and UMG defrauded Hole out of royalties and engaged in unauthorized streaming of the band's videos on UMG's Farmclub.com Web site. It seeks a declaration that the labor-code amendment is invalid, a rescission of Hole's contract, and damages to be determined.
A Universal spokesman had no comment.