The hip-hop trio says it has been "cheated out of millions of dollars" by excessive commissions and bad deals.
Migos is suing its longtime talent lawyer for allegedly charging "excessive fees" without a proper written agreement and not disclosing any conflicts of interest due to its representation of its label.
Quavious Marshall (Quavo), Kiari Cephus (Offset) and Kirsnick Ball (Takeoff) have sued Damien Granderson together with his current company, Granderson Des Rochersand his previous one, Davis ShapiroThey claimed that they were "robbed and cheated of millions of dollars" and trusted to be on the lookout for their best interests.
"Granderson has worked with Migos since the beginning of the group, including under the 2014 agreement that 300 Entertainment should sell Migos' debut album Yung Rich Nation," the lawyer writes Bryan Freedman in the complaint. "At the time, the group's members were in their late teens and early twenties and had nothing but high school education."
Freedman argues that Granderson viewed them as "simple goals" and persuaded them to do a one-way deal for a higher priority customer, Quality Control Music. (QCM signed Migos in 2013.) The lawyer did not announce the conflict and filed a lawsuit at 300 to move the group to Capitol Records.
"Granderson later exacerbated the damage he had done to Migos by negotiating a change to the 2018 exclusive label agreement between QCM and Capitol Records," Freedman writes. "This change triggered an extension of the exclusive hosting agreement between QCM and Migos, which Granderson knew contained terms that Migos could not understand."
According to the lawsuit, these terms included a clause requiring Migos to provide services directly to Capitol if the band ended their relationship with QCM, and was formulated to prevent them from doing so. Freedman writes: "Granderson has effectively prevented his other customer – Migos – from ever paying excessive compensation to QCM, ever being signed to another record label, and ever getting a bargaining chip to secure reasonable terms related to that. " Distribution of his music recordings. "
Migos also claim that Granderson made mistakes in drafting agreements five years after moving to Los Angeles and worked as a lawyer without a California license (Davis Shapiro, his employer before starting his own company in 2019, previously had offices in New York and LA).
The band is suing for professional misconduct, fiduciary breach, California Business & Professions Code 6147 and 6148 violations (which require written contingent fee agreements), unfair competition, and unjust enrichment. They are requesting a statement that the 5% contingent fee agreement is invalid, as well as reimbursement and punitive damages.
Granderson, whose company also represents Cardi B, Kanye West and A $ AP Rocky, has not yet responded to a request for comment on the complaint.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.