In a complaint filed on May 10 in the Los Angeles Superior Court,David Cassidy seeks material damages in excess of $1 million (amount tobe determined at trial), as well as exemplary and punitive damagesagainst Bell Records, Arista Records and Bertelsmann Music Group forbreach of contract.
Cassidy claims that Arista/BMG, subsequent to merging and acquiringBell Records, materially breached Cassidy’s recording agreement.Additionally, Cassidy claims that Arista/BMG has breached theirfiduciary duty to him as a recording artist and have improperlymisappropriated his name and likeness in using his albums.
He claims that Bell’s Best of releases exceeds thosepermitted contractually and asks that the defendants be enjoined andrestrained from manufacturing, selling or licensing any more Bestof releases without his consent.
Cassidy is also seeking an order from the Court to terminate hisrecording agreement and that Arista/BMG no longer have the right to useany of Cassidy’s recordings as a solo artist or as a member of thePartridge Family.
Cassidy is represented by Marty Singer of Lavely & Singer.