Sony Sues EMI, Ron Werre
May 13, 2009 at 5:14 AM (PT)
SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is suing EMI MUSIC and one of its executives after he allegedly broke his promise to join SONY on a new $3 million contract, reports REUTERS. The suit alleges that RON WERRE used his deal with SONY as leverage in negotiating a promotion at EMI.
"SONY charged that WERRE, who had been EMI's Pres./Music Services, agreed in FEBRUARY to join SONY on a three-year deal after his contract expired in 2010, according to documents filed at the Supreme Court of NEW YORK. But last week EMI announced it had promoted WERRE to the position of COO of its NORTH AMERICAN business. SONY immediately filed suit.
"SONY said it had intended to appoint WERRE as its new Pres./Commercial Music and had already fired the incumbent President in anticipation of the appointment.
"WERRE never intended to fulfill his contractual obligations to SONY MUSIC, but was merely using his contract with SONY MUSIC as a stalking horse to solicit a more lucrative contract from EMI with enhanced job responsibilities," the suit said.
"SONY claims EMI was aware of its plans to hire WERRE. It charged that after WERRE had agreed to join SONY, EMI contacted SONY MUSIC CEO ROLF SCHMIDT-HOLTZ asking for WERRE's new contract to be scrapped. It said around the same time WERRE himself informed another executive at SONY that he had changed his mind and would stay with EMI under a new contract. SONY also names WERRE in the lawsuit."