Duran Duran suing their own fan club?
80s legends Duran Duran are reportedly suing their own fan club - or, more accurately, the firm that funs their official fan club – for withholding profits.
Duran Duran performs at London's Hyde Park
The Chicago Sun Times reports that the band is in the middle of a legal battle because the Chicago-based Worldwide Fan Clubs allegedly failed to hand over more than £23,000 in profits. They want to reclaim that £23k, and are looking for another £500 on top of that. It all sounds nicer when you say it in dollars. Duran Duran wants $40k.
According to the lawsuit, Worldwide Fan Clubs, Inc. entered into a contract with Duran Duran. This contract stated that the company would create a fanclub presence for the band the manage it, which involved the warehousing and selling of official band merchandise. They were also charged with: maintaining accurate information for fan club records, collecting membership fees, keeping accurate accounts and – crucially – handing over 75% of the profits to the band. Duran Druan claims that Worldwide Fan Clubs failed to keep accurate accounting records and make revenue payments to the band, hence the lawsuit.
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