Korean pop star Rain and his former employee JYP Entertainment have made an appeal to overturn the Hawaiian court verdict in which they were ordered to pay USD8.1 million to a Honolulu based promoter for cancelling a concert in June 2007.
Their legal team is sending in evidences that the concert venue in Hawaii was unsafe for performance; it’s said that the equipments were not properly installed and the stage was in danger of collapsing. Sounds like a reasonable reason to cancel the show; but I wonder why they didn’t show those ‘evidences’ at the first place.
Meanwhile, Rain and JYPE are facing another lawsuit in South Korea. StarM, the Korean promoter for Rain’s world tour has filed a lawsuit seeking 4.5 billion Korean Won (USD3.4 million) of compensation from the party for cancelling 16 out of the 35 scheduled concerts (including the Hawaiian one) for the world tour.
Most of the US concerts were cancelled mainly because of a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Rain Corporation which runs a Beatles tribute show (known as RAIN) across the States. StarM claimed that they weren’t informed on time by JYPE about the lawsuit which led to the concert cancellations and financial damages.
Ironically JYPE has always been blaming the incapability of StarM for causing all the messes. Unfortunately for Rain, despite his claims that he was not directly involved with the cancellations, will have to bear with the possible consequences once again.
And it’s not the end of the story; some promoters from US and Canada could be seeking legal action, particularly the one from Los Angeles where the concert was cancelled just hours before the show. Those peeps are probably still thinking on how to hand the legal papers to Rain to bring him to court.
Lesson of the day… be careful with who you are associated with.