Back in January it was reported that Block B had filed a lawsuit to have their contracts with Stardom Entertainment nullified. Then in March, Stardom launched their own website with all the documentation from the trial, where they even refereed to Block B as puppets. Now, 3 months later, Block B’s case has been dismissed by the courts, with the court releasing this statement:
“From the evidence provided so far, it is difficult to claim that the label purposely did not pay Block B. It is also difficult to say that the label did not provide proper facilities such as studios and dorms, and it is also difficult to say that they did not provide education and guidance. From written records, it cannot be said that Stardom Entertainment violated their management obligations...There is a possibility that the musical income of 430,000,000 KRW (approximately $385,000 USD) and the event income of 5,000,000 KRW (approximately $4,500 USD) was not properly taken care of. However, from just the evidence provided, it cannot be said that the label purposely kept the money from the members…The label has promised to pay the members the part that they have not been paid. There is a big probability that the unpaid fees will be paid. It is difficult to say that the exclusive contract has been nullified because of a violation of management obligations.”
What I’m getting from this court statement is, there was not sufficient evidence of a failure to pay Block B, but there is evidence that not all their fees for music, and events were paid to them….Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t that mean Block B didn’t get paid what they were supposed be to on time? Then, the court is saying that if Stardom failed to pay Block B, it was not intentional…If that’s the case shouldn’t it have been no problem for them to just pay the boys the remaining fees?
Now, Block B has come forward and announced they will continue to pursue this suit, and have no intention of going back to Stardom, and it even sounds like they’ll be working as independents for now:
First, we want to tell all the fans that love and support Block B that we are very sorry.
The court made their decision even though they accepted that about 430,000,000 KRW (approximately $385,000 USD) from the musical income and a part of the event income were left out. We believe this is because they wanted us to follow an official ruling that was decided after additional battles on the original lawsuit and thinking deeply about it.
For example, even though evidence was provided about the management contract on Japan’s Bauhaus, they have mistakenly stated that it is difficult to determine if they had violated their management obligation because the contract was not submitted. There are other various decisions that the members cannot accept. One such example is saying that unlike the basic royalties paid in advance, the royalties paid in advance by LOEN Entertainment cannot be seen as income that should be paid to the members.
From this, we will be calmly fighting the original case to confirm the legitimacy of the contract nullification. We will be demanding responsibility from Stardom Entertainment of the violation of management obligation and violating the exclusive contract.
Also, the court decided, “The Block B members have fought over the status of the contract nullification while they independently promoted, so there is also a possibility that these promotions can be checked for legitimacy later.”
This is because if the Block B members are blocked from promoting independently, it is violating our lawful right to work and our general right to freedom of action.
The Block B members have no intention to promote under Stardom Entertainment, so they will be preparing independent promotions. If the legitimacy of the contract nullification is not acknowledged in the original case, then we will be taking responsibility for the due damages.
We want to tell you again that we apologize for worrying our fans. The Block B members will be giving back to the fans’ worries, love, and support by showing a more mature side.
Hopefully, a good agency will pick them up, and they won’t be blocked from promotions like other artists who’ve left their agencies in the past, ahem.