A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought by relatives of Jenni Rivera who alleged that a confidentiality agreement was violated by the publication of a book and the airing of a Univision television series, both dealing with the late singer’s life.
Lawyers for the Rivera family company, Jenni Rivera Enterprises LLC, filed a notice of settlement Thursday with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin.
Terms were not divulged.
JRE sued Rivera’s former manager, Pete Salgado, and the show producers in September 2016 in advance of the January 2017 airing of the series, “Her Real Name Was Dolores,” which was based on a book written by Salgado, “Her Real Name Was Dolores: The Jenn I Knew.”
JRE alleged Salgado’s book and participation in the series violated a non-disclosure agreement in which he agreed to not reveal personal information about Rivera.
The producers named in the lawsuit were Latin World Entertainment Holdings and co-producers BTF Media, Luis Balaguer and Dhana Media.
JRE alleged Salgado not only breached his agreement with the Rivera family, but that he also put his own interests ahead of theirs. The suit further alleged the producers were liable for interference with contract, inducing breach of contract and unfair competition.
Salgado maintained that a document he signed was not part of the NDA, but instead another contract. However, Rivera’s sister, Rosie Rivera Flores, gave a sworn declaration stating she saw Salgado put his pen to the NDA.
Lawyers for the producers argued that there was no evidence their clients induced Salgado to breach his alleged agreement with JRE.
A 1969 Learjet 25 with Rivera and members of her entourage aboard crashed on Dec. 9, 2012 — 15 minutes after takeoff — in the mountains of northern Mexico. The 43-year-old singer had just performed in Monterrey and was on her way to Mexico City to appear on the Mexican version of “The Voice.”
Rivera dominated the banda style of regional Mexican music popular in California and northwestern Mexico. She was one of the biggest stars on Mexico television and was popular on regional Mexican stations in California.
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