Joystiq.com, via Hollywood Reporter, is reporting that singer,
actress, and all around diva, Beyoncé has been trying to
dance her way out of a lawsuit started by her developer, Gate Five
Studios ("Gate Five") for allegedly backing out of a
video game called Superstar: Beyoncé. The case, which was
started back in April, 2011, alleges $67 million damages for
Gate Five's investment in the game, along with an estimated
$100 million in profits Gate Five would have made had
Beyoncé put a ring on it. In her defence, Beyoncé
claims that Gate Five failed to secure sufficient financing by a
certain date and, as a result, did not have to give notice to
terminate her agreement with Gate Five.
What puts this case back in the news, however, is that
Beyoncé has recently lost an appeal of an earlier court's
decision denying her motion for summary judgment, which would have
ended the case. Instead, the appellate court found that there were
issues of fact that remained about whether the alleged lack of
financing affected Beyoncé's right to terminate her
agreement with Gate Five.
While the appellate court wasn't tasked with finding (and
didn't find) any fault on behalf of either party to the
lawsuit, its decision means that Beyoncé will find herself
going to trial over whether or not she could walk away from the
deal the way she did. It will likely all boil down to what was
necessary to secure the level of funding that Gate Five promised it
would. To complicate matters, Gate Five is alleging that
Beyoncé was aware of an agreement that would have allowed
Gate Five to meet its funding target at the time she backed out of
the game. Only time, and evidence, will tell what the outcome of
this dispute will be.
To quote Joystiq.com (because it really is a closing that's
hard to top):
It's not often that our little blog intersects with such titanic struggles as the U.S. presidential race – and by using the term "titanic" I certainly don't mean to suggest that anything disastrous is in the future.
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