For the second consecutive week, COURTNEY LOVE’s trial against GEFFEN RECORDS and its parent company UNIVERSAL has been adjourned.
Lawyers on both sides had spent the week in mediation at Los Angeles County Superior Court over Love’s lawsuit against the label, but had been told by the judge to prepare for trial on June 18. The case has now pushed back to August 20.
Last year, Geffen/Universal Music sued Love, seeking millions of dollars in damages for five undelivered albums. The trial is due to rule on Love’s countersuit, tabled late last year, against Universal claiming breach of contract and charges of fraud, amongst other things. Several of Love’s key complaints have already been dismissed. At the end of May, 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.
Industry analysts are monitoring the lawsuit as a pop artist-led movement challenging the terms of recording contracts gains momentum.
It looks like being a busy autumn for Love. She is due to enter a bruising legal battle in September with former Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl over inheritance of Nirvana, and more specifically her late husband Kurt Cobain’s, vast, multi-million dollar legacy. That trial will be held along the western seaboard in Seattle.