EMI reopens lawsuit with Kanye West over “servitude” contract

The music publisher claims both parties have yet to finalize the settlement.

It seems like Kanye West’s legal battle with EMI Music Publishing is far from over: Last Friday, the company reopened its legal dispute with the rapper, TMZ reported, a few months after both parties reportedly agreed to settle the lawsuit.

In the new legal documents obtained by the news outlet, EMI’s lawyers are claiming that both parties have not been able to “finalize the terms of the settlement agreement” since September, when they agreed to come to an agreement.

West and EMI first went to court in January this year when the rapper filed a lawsuit against the music publisher, to whom he signed in 2003. West claimed then that his contract with EMI had no time limit and was equivalent to “servitude,” which is considered a violation of California law.


Two months later, EMI filed a countersuit that claimed West’s contract had a clause that provides exclusive jurisdiction in New York, therefore disqualifying his lawsuit.

However, in September, Billboard reported that West and EMI had finally agreed to settle the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount. According to the court documents filed, the two parties “have reached an agreement in principle to settle the above-captioned action in its entirety.”

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