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Starland v. Fusari

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
2015 WL 1220218 (2015)


Facts

Rob Fusari (defendant) ran a music production company and was searching for “the female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes” to sign. Fusari told Wendy Starland (plaintiff) that if she found a singer who Fusari approved, Fusari and Starland would work together to write songs and produce an album for the singer. Fusari told Starland that they would split the revenues from this artist project 50/50. The search eventually resulted in the discovery and signing of Lady Gaga, but Fusari never paid Starland. Starland sued Fusari for breach of contract. Fusari asserted that several portions of the contract were indefinite, including time for performance, duration of the agreement, treatment of expenses, and revenue from songs that Starland did not write. A jury returned a verdict of over $7 million for Starland. Fusari appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Linares, J.)

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