Braxton In Lawsuit Against Former Manager
January 29, 2007 at 11:32 AM (PT)
Attorneys for TONI BRAXTON have announced that they are moving her lawsuit to NEW YORK State Court against BARRY HANKERSON, her former manager, and BLACKGROUND RECORDS LLC for fraud and breach of contract.
PETER L. HAVILAND, trial counsel for BRAXTON, said he had decided that NEW YORK State court was the most appropriate and expeditious venue for the lawsuit, which was originally filed in federal district court on JANUARY 12. "We think this is the fastest route to getting TONI BRAXTON free and clear of BARRY KANKERSON," said HAVILAND, "since we avoid wasting time on any possible dispute over federal jurisdiction of her claims."
The lawsuit alleges that HANKERSON was guilty of a conflict of interest and fraud when he caused BRAXTON to leave ARISTA RECORDS and join HANKERSON's own label, BLACKGROUND. The lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages and a voiding of the recording agreement.