A suit was brought against the band by Webster in January of 2012, alleging that The Grascals had reneged on prior commitments when they left the agency. A claim of $120,000 was initially sought.
Last February the band filed a countersuit, denying the charges brought by Webster, indicating that their agreement with the company was understood to be “at will,” meaning they could leave at any time.
Little was heard from the warring parties through much of 2012, but now a trial date has been set for the middle of August, and attorneys for both sides are preparing to square off in court.
Kirt Webster, President of Webster PR, suggested to us that setting the trial date was something of a formality, as the court requires that a date be set within a prescribed time frame in order for a law suit to remain in force.
Rose Palermo, who is representing the band, tells us that she is acting on a presumption that the action is heading to trial, and is preparing to take depositions from Mr. Webster and Jeremy Westby, his VP of Operations.
I’m sure both parties will be happy to get this issue behind them.