Editor’s Note: The headline on an earlier version of this article erroneously identified Steven Tyler as the plaintiff in a lawsuit that was in fact filed by his former management company. MyNewsLA.com regrets the error.
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A judge ruled Monday that Steven Tyler’s former management company can move forward with a lawsuit against the singer’s attorney, who — company representatives allege — undermined them in the unsuccessful negotiations to keep Tyler as a host on “American Idol.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Stern rejected a motion to dismiss Tenth Street Media’s complaint against lawyer Dina LaPolt. The motion was based on an argument by attorneys for LaPolt that the seven causes of action, which include intentional interference with a contract, lacked sufficient details in the court papers.
“They’re sufficiently (pleaded) on the face of them,” Stern said, although the judge added the allegations were “confusing in some respects.”
After the hearing, Tenth Street Media attorney A. Sasha Frid praised the judge’s decision.
“We’re very pleased with the ruling,” Frid said. “The judge got it right. We’re looking forward to trial.”
The lawsuit was originally filed in October 2012 and was dismissed by Judge Joseph Kalin by February 2013 on a separate defense motion centering on the First Amendment. But Tenth Street Media appealed and a three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal revived the case six months ago.
Although attorneys for Tenth Street Media maintain in their court papers that LaPolt “sold out” Tyler, he has sided with LaPolt during the legal dispute.
Lawyers for Tenth Street Media have amended the lawsuit three times.
Stern scheduled trial of the case for next May 24.
—City News Service