2002 Flashback – Lawsuits week

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December 11, 2017 at 8:23 am Quote #57745

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David Lee Roth Sued By Guitarist

Ex-Van Halen singer David Lee Roth is being sued by a guitarist for breach of oral contract, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation.

In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday (December 10) in Los Angeles Superior Court, musician Bart Walsh names Roth and his companies, Diamond Dave Enterprises, Inc, and Diamond Dave Touring Company, Inc as defendants.

Walsh claims that Roth and his companies initially entered into an oral contract in 1998 for Walsh’s services as a guitar player in 1999, with a retainer of $3,000 weekly for performing and $1,500 during weeks of non-performance. In addition, he alleges additional compensation would be received for master recordings or recordings of the performances.

According to Walsh, in 2001, he was offered the same performance and non-performance rates, as well as an additional $100 per hour for guitar lessons, all by verbal agreement at Roth’s home, claiming Roth said he was “a man of his word.”

Walsh also asserts he was involved with writing song charts, arranging band rehearsals, and alleges he was not paid his retainer fees as promised and nor was he paid for commercial concert videos and recordings, which he was told were for demo purposes only. In addition, he claims all the performances are his, though his image is obscured on the videos.

Walsh has asked for a trial by jury and a judge has been assigned to the case.

Roth’s representatives had no comment at the lawsuit at press time. In November, Roth was sued by his former manager for breach of contract and age discrimination.

– Darryl Morden, Los Angeles


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December 11, 2017 at 8:24 am Quote #57746

ron
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David Lee Roth Suing Van Halen
12.13.2002

There hasn’t been much talkin’ ’bout love between David Lee Roth and the Van Halen camp of late, and now there’s even less good cheer being spread around: Diamond Dave is suing his former Van Halen bandmates.

Roth and Diamond Dave Enterprises filed a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday that seeks retribution of royalties that Roth claims his bandmates kept from him, according to a court spokesperson. The suit names guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Michael Anthony, Van Halen Music, Van Halen Music LLC and Warner Bros. Records, Inc. as defendants.

The band’s original singer alleges that, unbeknownst to him, his former bandmates signed a contract with Warner Bros. in October 1996 that increased the amount of royalties for record sales on the “Van Halen/Roth Era Catalogue,” material recorded between 1977 and 1986, the period when Roth was the band’s lead singer. Roth claims he never received the additional payments that are estimated to be worth more than $200,000 by the end of this year.

The complaint accuses the Van Halen camp of conversion, conspiracy to convert and breach of fiduciary duty, and seeks unspecified compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages and legal fees. “Conversion” is legalese for stealing, whereby one party treats another’s goods or property as their own.

Roth also wants an accountant to examine all the royalty transactions pertaining to the Van Halen/ Roth Era Catalogue between July 1986 and December 31, 2002.

“This is not the first case – and probably not the last case – to examine entertainment industry financial and accounting practices,” Roth’s attorney said in a statement. “Until the defendants’ financial records have been produced and reviewed, we will have no further comment.”

-Joe D’Angelo


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December 11, 2017 at 8:31 am Quote #57747

ron
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In the DLR vs. VH case, it was dismissed on 09/24/2003 by request of DLR.


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December 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm Quote #57759

mrmojohalen
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ronAccording to Walsh, in 2001, he was offered the same performance and non-performance rates, as well as an additional $100 per hour for guitar lessons, all by verbal agreement at Roth’s home, claiming Roth said he was “a man of his word.”

$100 an hour for guitar lessons ? 8-O
And to whom is he giving the lessons to ? :-?


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