Feb 27 2014, 8:49am CST | by Ahmed Humayun
As surprising as it might sound, we have news on a jury ruling which goes against Lisa Kudrow. The verdict was over a dispute which had been going on for long between the former Friends actress and her manager, Scott Howard, over whether she owes anything to him or not. As a result, the jury at the Los Angeles Superior Court has ordered Kudrow to pay $1.6 million dollars to her former manager.
After being terminated in the year 2007, the manager sued the Friends star in 2008 claiming that he was supposed to be paid five percent of what the actress earned during the time when he was her manager. It appears that no written agreement was formed between the two and these terms were only discussed orally and hence the need arose for Howard to revise the customs and norms of the entertainment industry.
Initially things were going good for Kudrow and were in her favor till the judge made a verdict in her favor on the basis of a summary judgment. The winds changed for the actress when the Appeals Court decided to review the case in August 2012 and claimed that the former judge had given an ignorant verdict by not considering the testimony of Howard’s expert witness Martin Bauer, who himself is known Hollywood agent and manager. It was testified by the witness as well that managers are supposed to be paid certain percentages of all the gigs which are taken up by the artists during the time when the manager is representing him/her.
To counter this argument, Kudrow stated that she reminds having Howard make this demand but she only promised to pay him commission on the residuals of the first round and not beyond that and Howards relented.
The damages payment doesn’t seem to be much of a problem for the actress since she is currently appearing on ABC’s Scandal and as much as $8 million in post termination commissions could be at stake. Gerard Sauer from Sauer and Wagner represented Kudrow while Howard was represented by Mark Baute. The jury’s verdict still isn’t the final statement to the case and the dispute has to be decided at the appellate level.
Source: Fresh 102.7
Ahmed Humayun is a technology journalist bringing you the hottest tech stories of the day.
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