THE LONG LOVE AFFAIR

The star is claiming, amongst other things, breach of contract and charges of fraud against Geffen/Universal...

COURTNEY LOVE is to have her day in court against GEFFEN RECORDS and its parent company UNIVERSAL in the two side’s ongoing contractual wrangle.

A Californian judge yesterday (May 30) set a June 11 date for the hearing, which will rule on Love’s countersuit against Universal claiming breach of contract and charges of fraud amongst other things. This is despite a ruling a day earlier that threw out a major part of Love’s argument against the label. Judge Wasserman refused to allow Love’s argument that a provision in Californian State labour law allowing record companies to sue recording artists for damages was invalid and unconstitutional. The law says all entertainers and workers in California, except recording artists, have the right to terminate a personal service contract after seven years. The clause which applies to recording artists was secured in 1987, by record companies making artists liable for albums still owed to labels after seven years with them.

Last year, Geffen/Universal Music sued Love, seeking millions of dollars in damages for five undelivered albums. Love countersued last year.

A spokesperson for the label came out boxing hard yesterday, despite the ruling.

“We find it amazing that even in defeat Courtney Love attempts to claim victory,” he said. “All that is left is a ‘garden variety’ contractual dispute, which pales in comparison to Universal’s damages claim for Hole’s failure to deliver the albums promised under their contract.”