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Hip hop artists face lawsuit after benefit concert cancellation

Organizers of California concerts depend on contracts with talent to justify the application of resources. A benefit concert organized by The Circle Foundation contracted with Remy Ma and Safaree, stars of the docuseries "Love & Hip Hop", but the nonprofit that mentors urban youth canceled the event after the stars violated the performance exclusivity clauses in their agreements.

The Circle Foundation responded with a lawsuit against the performers, claiming that they breached their contracts. Per the contracts, they were specifically barred from giving concerts within 60 miles of the benefit concert's venue during the 30 days leading up to the event. Exclusivity clauses like this are largely standard and are meant to prevent the weakening of public interest in an upcoming event.

Upon signing the contract, Remy Ma and Safaree accepted deposits of $25,000 and $7,000 respectively. Both of them then put on shows in the region of the benefit concert. The foundation subsequently canceled its concert and asked for its deposits back. Both artists have yet to issue refunds. The lawsuit from the foundation demands restitution and payment of other damages.

When the parties to a business transaction fail to understand a contract's terms or interpret them differently, the advice of an attorney could provide clarity. An attorney could help a client understand options for enforcing a contract or breaking one. Initially, an attorney might serve as a third-party negotiator and guide discussions between the parties toward an out-of-court settlement. If business litigation becomes necessary, then an attorney could prepare court filings.

Source: Hip Hop DX, "Remy Ma & Safaree Sued For Breach Of Concert Contract", Brian Hampton, May 13, 2019

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