Band praise "loyal" fanbase amidst legal action against Chicago-based company Worldwide Fan Clubs
Duran Duran have issued a statement praising their fans following reports that they are taking legal action against their fanclub
The British band are, in fact, suing Chicago-based company Worldwide Fan Clubs, the company who run their fan club. The ’80s pop group claim they have not met several payments they were contractually obliged to make. The band are seeking around £23,500 ($40,000) in compensation from the company.
A statement posted on Duran Duran’s official website yesterday (July 24) reads: “Duran Duran value and respect their many fans around the world and feel compelled to correct the media’s misrepresentation of its lawsuit against Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. The Band emphatically states that the lawsuit is not against its loyal fans but simply seeks to protect its rights against the company that formerly managed its fan club. Duran Duran have now brought their official fan community in-house and continue to make every effort to provide the highest level of service.”
According to the lawsuit, Duran Duran and Worldwide Fan Clubs entered into business together in 2010, with it being agreed that WFC would create and then manage the band’s fan club. They are responsible for sales and inventory of the group’s merchandise, collecting membership fees and maintaining records of their accounts. Duran Duran are said to receive 75 per cent of all profits but their lawyer says the company is yet to make some of these payments and has failed to keep accurate financial records.