MOSCOW, May 28 - RAPSI. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida is ready to consider the MUZ-TV channel's claim against several individuals for failing to secure Lady Gaga's performance in Moscow in their absence, according to the judgment made available to the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com).
According to the ruling, two defendants - businessman George Sergeev and his World Media Alliance (WMA) - failed to submit a response upon the plaintiff's request to hear the case in their absence. In this regard, the judge's assistant recommended to satisfy the request. If the defendants do not appeal the request within two weeks, the court will rule for the plaintiff.
The lawsuit was brought to the court on January 26. The defendants include the NWE Talent Agency & Management Company, agent Ryan Burke, Sergeev, WMA and Vision Entertainment Worldwide.
The plaintiff maintains that NWE agreed to secure Lady Gaga's performance at a music awards ceremony. MUZ-TV transferred the requested amount to NWE's "escrow account."
According to MUZ-TV, NWE did not start the negotiations with Lady Gaga's managers.
Although the plaintiff demanded to return the money, the defendants refused and the TV channel went to court in Florida, seeking to return the funds and recover damages.
NWE and Vision Entertainment claim that the plaintiff violated its contractual obligations by contacting Lady Gaga's producers directly.
The defendants have asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit on this basis.
The court has already ordered to freeze $1 million in the bank account of the firm responsible for securing Lady Gaga's performance.