Lisa Kudrow Loses $1.6M Lawsuit, Former Manager Wins Payout After Court Hearing
The 'Friends' actress must pay her former manager.
Lisa Kudrow has been sued for $1.6 million after her former manager, Scott Howard, won a lawsuit in which he claimed that the Friends actress owed him residuals from her days starring in the sitcom. Howard, who was Kudrow's manager from 1991-2007, claims the pair made an oral agreement that Howard would receive a 10 percent cut of Kudrow's income she obtained or performed while he was her manager.
Lisa Kudrow Must Pay $1.6 Million To Her Former Manager In A Lawsuit.
Howard said that after 16 years of working together, Kudrow stopped paying him and now owes him a percentage of what she earns from Friends repeats and her other projects. Kudrow's attorneys have argued that he was not her agent and therefore is not entitled to any commission payments. In court documents via ABC News, Kudrow claimed she had "no obligation to pay Howard."
The 'Friends' Actress Was Found To Be Liable For Breach Of Contract.
Kudrow's attorney announced in a statement that there would be an appeal, "The jury's verdict is merely one step in the legal process. This case ultimately will be resolved at the appellate level. Ms. Kudrow has faith in the judicial system, and she believes that the eventual outcome of this contractual dispute will be in her favor."
Scott Howard's attorney Mark Baute countered the argument for appeal in a statement of his own: "What generally happens now with unsophisticated actress clients is they overpay for filing a frivolous appeal that has no chance for success. The verdict is rock solid, and we look forward to collecting 10 percent, 16,000 dollars a month, in post-judgment interest while their frivolous appeal is pending. We will collect that interest for two years, which is how long it will take for the Court of Appeal to affirm this jury's righteous verdict."
A Jury Ruled 10-2 Against Kudrow In The Long Lawsuit But She Plans To Appeal.
The legal dispute broke out a year after the pair parted ways when Howard suit the Scandal star for refusing to pay him more than $50,000 in fees from her earnings and has been ongoing ever since. Kudrow starred as Phoebe on Friends from 1994 - 2004 and went from earning $13,500 per episode to $1 million from 2004.