Kevin Hart could be rehearsing for the Oscars while also prepping for a trial after a judge shot down his attempt to get a $2 million lawsuit against him dismissed.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a New York judge came back with his decision and denied the comedian’s request.
The order notes that Hart’s former partner, iGo Marketing & Entertainment, has shown enough evidence at this stage for their case to continue on.
The judge denied Hart’s motion to dismiss stating, “The Court concludes that the defendants have failed to establish entitlement to judgment as a matter of law and that there are material and triable issues of fact presented and thus the motion for summary judgment must be denied.”
The case is tentatively scheduled to go to trial on January 17, 2019 — it was announced on Tuesday that Hart will be hosting the Oscars on February 24.
As The Blast first reported, 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 claim Hart always made good on the deal … that is, until it came to a deal with Rally Healthcare in 2015.
iGo claims 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 are suing for breach of contract and are seeking no less than $1.8 million from the comedian.
Kevin 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 is demanding the lawsuit against him be dismissed and he be awarded unspecified damages for the use of his image. He is also seeking an injunction against his ex-business partner from continuing to use his name and likeness to market themselves.
The case is ongoing.