Simon Relaunches Legal Battle With Starbucks
CARLY SIMON is refusing to give up on her long-running legal battle with Starbucks - the singer has refiled her multi-million dollar lawsuit against the coffee giant just weeks after a judge dismissed her original claim.
The You're So Vain hitmaker signed a deal to release her 2008 album This Kind Of Love through Starbucks' Hear Music label, but she filed suit against the chain's executives in October (09) after the record failed to sell, shifting only 124,000 copies by late 2009.
Simon claimed Starbucks bosses scaled back their Hear Music venture shortly after signing her and didn't consult her over the plans.
A judge threw out the lawsuit in April (10), ruling the coffee executives were not obliged to share their business plans with Simon, but the star was given the chance to amend her lawsuit and now her attorneys have refiled the complaint.
The new lawsuit alleges that Alan Mintz, vice president of content development at Starbucks, told Simon in person and during several phone calls that if she signed with Hear Music, Starbucks would widely promote and distribute her albums, according to Reuters.
But in a response to Simon's rebooted lawsuit, Starbucks bosses allege Simon's contract included a clause which excludes the coffee firm from liability for the failings of Hear Music.
The case continues.