Dr. Luke is being sued by a prolific songwriter who claims the famous producer has made his life hell in an effort to acquire his share of the royalties from the music they worked on at a bargain basement price.
According to a lawsuit obtained by The Blast, Jacob Kasher Hindlin — who has worked with the likes of Maroon 5, Selena Gomez, Britney Spears and Fifth Harmony — claims he entered into a deal with Dr. Luke’s Prescription Songs and Kasz Money back in 2010.
The deal was later amended in 2014 and Kasher claims he was to receive the writer’s share of royalties from anything written under the agreement and Kasher would split publisher’s royalties equally with Prescription.
Kasher claims the deal gave him the right to sell off his share of the royalties, but that he was required to give Prescription a 45-day right of first negotiation and then the right to match any offer.
On November 30, 2017, Kasher claims he received an offer from Prescription that Kasher says was “substantially below fair market value” and he made a counter-offer on January 10, 2018.
Prescription rejected the offer and invited Kasher to take his catalog to the market, reminding him of their right to match any offer.
But Kasher claims Prescription came back two months later and suddenly claimed Kasher did not have the right to sell his catalog. After some pushback from his lawyers, Kasher claims Prescription relented but then “threated that Prescription would withhold payment of those royalties.”
They further claimed that Kasher had breached their agreement by doing work outside the parameters of their deal but Kasher says when pushed, Prescription would not provide specifics.
Kasher is asking a judge to let him out of the agreement and is seeking court costs.
We reached out to a rep for Dr. Luke — so far, no word back.