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Dev Sues Record Label, Managers and Attorney over “Onerous” Contracts

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/DevIsHot (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/DevIsHot (via ABC News Radio)

Dev filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Monday to void contracts that purportedly give her attorney, managers and record label, Indie-Pop, 75 percent of her income “in perpetuity,” and allow them to deduct expenses from her share.

According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by The Hollywood Reporter , the singer-songwriter claims the deal she signed in 2008 when she was 18 was an “onerous, one-sided agreement” that should be “null and void.”  The report says the agreement has been amended since, but apparently not to the singer’s liking.

Dev, whose birth name is Devin Star Tailes , contends the contracts violate a California law that prohibits personal services agreements for longer than seven years.

The “In the Dark” singer claims she signed the deal after she was told the defendants would “look after her best interests.”  Dev says she had very little time to review the agreement because she was told she “could lose out on important opportunities if she did not sign the document right away.” 

Dev claims when she signed the deal to turn over 75 percent of her touring income, publishing income, merchandising rights and worldwide copyrights “in perpetuity,” she did not get the opportunity to review the agreement with independent legal counsel.

The singer claims Indie-Pop, attorney Joshua Andriano and managers Benjamin Willis and Carlo Fox “manipulated her into believing that she could trust them fully.”

Indie-Pop has not responded to the lawsuit.

Dev’s debut album, The Night the Sun Came Up , was released in March.

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