Singer Beyonce is losing legal battles right and left as of late. You may recall that last month, a Boston-based wedding planner was granted a trademark on the name Blue Ivy, for which Beyonce and husband, Jay-Z, have a similar application pending. However, even before that Beyonce was the subject of a $100 million breach of contract lawsuit. Gate Five LLC brought suit in a New York court accusing the singer of a “bad faith breach of contract so callous that, on what appeared to be a whim, she destroyed Gate Five’s business and drove 70 people into unemployment, the week before Christmas.” Apparently, Beyonce withdrew from the “Starpower: Beyonce,” video game project when Gate Five wanted to eliminate her 40% ownership stake in the franchise.
It’s really not looking good for Beyonce. Yesterday a New York appeals court upheld a New York state judge’s ruling that denied the singer’s motion to dismiss the case. The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division has affirmed the denial of her summary judgment motion. So, the case will now go in front of a jury to decide whose side of the story is the truth. Apparently the two parties had signed a contract, which had a termination clause requiring certain financing by a certain date or else the singer could back out. The signer claims that the deal was far from being complete and that financing hadn’t been locked down when she withdrew from the project.