The former lead singer for the rap rock band Hollywood Undead lost a round in court today when a judge ruled a talent management company can move forward with all of its allegations in a lawsuit alleging the musician owes them commissions.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper denied a motion by attorneys for Aron “Deuce” Erlichman to leave the case as a breach of contract dispute and dismiss all other causes of action on grounds they were filed too late.
The plaintiffs, Los Angeles-based Greenhouse Entertainment and its Co- President, Aaron Greene, filed suit Nov. 20.
Also named is Kovac Media Group Inc., also a management company for musicians.
According to the complaint, Erlichman contacted Greene in September 2009 to provide management services as the singer was preparing to leave Hollywood Undead.
Both sides entered a contract a month later under which Greenhouse Entertainment was to receive 15 percent of Erlichman’s income, the suit states.
However, in November 2010 Erlichman began saying that Greenhouse was no longer managing him and Kovac Media began listing him on its website as a client, according to the suit.
The suit alleges Erlichman, now 27, prematurely ended the management agreement and that he is obligated to pay commissions to Greenhouse for five years after the termination of the contract.
Although Greene provided producing services to Erlichman for some songs on his first solo album released last April, he was not given a co-producer credit, the suit states.
Greenhouse lawyer Nicholas Kurtz said after today’s proceedings that the amount of commissions allegedly owed his clients is still being calculated.