Kesha's Latest Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke Rejected

Posted March 23, 2017

Singer Kesha has lost another round in her legal battle against record producer Dr Luke, who she accused of rape and abuse.

Kesha also claimed Dr Luke had breached their contract and that she was owed further royalties, however he countered that, claiming she owed him $1.3million (£1million) instead.

Dr Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, recently added another defamation lawsuit against Kesha over an alleged text message she sent to Lady Gaga.

New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled against the idea Kesha should be afforded such an out, agreeing with Dr. Luke that she did not give proper notice about the payment.

The contracts at the heart of this dispute were written under NY law, though Kemosabe Records is based in California, and Sebert and Gottwald's collaborations were centred there, hence the claim that the courts should also consider the former's rights under Californian state laws.

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Kesha sought, but was denied, declaratory relief despite citing reports that Sony would terminate its partnership with Dr Luke and leave her professional career in limbo after the judge declared that, "It is speculative, not justiciable, whether Sony's contract is ending and whether it will be able to assist after this month".

"You can get a divorce from an abusive spouse", her amended countersuit stated. But, because the case is being tried in NY and not in California, the judge shot that down, too. "The same opportunity - to be liberated from the physical, emotional, and financial bondage of a destructive relationship - should be available to a recording artist".

Kesha's team also tried to argue that because Dr. Luke's contract with Sony "purportedly ends in March 2017", Kesha would need court supervision or Sony's assistance to keep fulfilling her current contract.

He said: "The parties' choice of NY law should be enforced, unless the public policy of another jurisdiction has an overriding concern so strong that it trumps New York's strong public policy in maintaining and fostering its undisputed status as the preeminent commercial and financial nerve centre of the world". The parties, represented by sophisticated counsel, chose not to put such an explicit provision into the agreements.

However, Variety reported Tuesday that Judge Shirley Kornreich rejected the motion to amend her complaint after having previously dismissed last year her claim of sexual assault and abuse as grounds for voiding the contract. Thus, their choice of law should be enforced.