Kevin Hart scored a victory in court after a judge sided with the comedian in a nasty legal battle.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a New York judge has denied a motion brought by Hart’s ex-business partners, iGo Marketing & Entertainment.
Last month, iGo Marketing & Entertainment were awarded $701,593.73 in the lawsuit they brought against Hart. The company rushed to court after the judgment, demanding it be increased to $952,793.54. They believed the judge miscalculated the damages. The motion came only days after Hart was released from the hospital, following his nasty car accident.
Hart fired back pleading with the judge to shut down iGo Marketing & Entertainment. He believed the original judgement of $701k was accurate.
The judge ordered Hart will only have to pay the $701k to his ex-partners.
Back in 2017, iGo Marketing & Entertainment sued Hart claiming they entered into a deal with him to negotiate marketing and celebrity tie-in deals on his behalf. iGo has worked with Jerry Seinfeld, Jamie Foxx, John Legend and many others.
They claim their deal with Hart called for them to get paid 15% on any deal they negotiated for Hart.
In the lawsuit, iGo claims they secured numerous deals for Hart over the years with the likes of Miller-Coors, Coke-Zero, Vitamin Water, Electronic Arts, two deals with Caesars Entertainment, the Cosmopolitan Hotel and a deal with Verizon Wireless.
They claimed Hart always made good on the deal … that is, until it came to a deal with Rally Healthcare in 2015.
iGo claimed they negotiated a three-year deal between Kevin Hart and Rally that called for the comedian to get paid partly in cash and part in stock options.
In 2015, Hart then terminated the deal with iGo but they claim that didn’t allow him to stop paying the commission on deals they locked down. They claim Hart did not pay them their 15% on the third year option of the deal or for the value of the stock option.
They sued for breach of contract and sought no less than $1.8 million from the comedian.
Hart responded to the lawsuit, claiming he never had a written agreement with iGo. He also claimed since the third-year option to the Rally deal kicked in after they parted ways, he didn’t owe them 15% of that money.
Hart counter-sued iGo for allegedly using his name and likeness for marketing on their website without his permission.
The comedian demanded the lawsuit against him be dismissed and he be awarded unspecified damages for the use of his image. He also sought an injunction against his ex-business partner from continuing to use his name and likeness to market themselves.