Daryl Hall is suing John Oates over plan to sell stake in joint venture. A judge has paused the sale

by Madison Thomas
Hall Oates Lawsuit

Daryl Hall has initiated legal action against John Oates, his long-term musical collaborator, due to Oates’ intention to sell his stake in their joint venture, Whole Oats Enterprises LLP. This action has led to a temporary halt of the sale by a court.

A judge in Nashville’s chancery court, on November 16, granted a temporary restraining order against the sale. This decision came immediately after Hall filed his lawsuit. The order prevents Oates and his trust associates from finalizing the sale to Primary Wave IP Investment Management LLC until an arbitrator in a separate case assesses the transaction, or until the restraining order lapses, typically in 15 days, unless extended.

Chancellor Russell Perkins, who issued the order on the day the lawsuit was filed, allowed certain lawsuit details to be sealed, citing privacy and confidentiality of the agreement and the ongoing arbitration.

Hall’s legal team argued for the secrecy of the lawsuit filings, emphasizing the private nature of the dispute and the confidentiality of the terms involved.

The public version of the lawsuit doesn’t detail the specifics of the sale’s implications. However, Primary Wave has held a significant stake in Hall and Oates’ song catalog for over a decade. Hall expressed his past discontent with the sale of his earlier catalog in a 2021 interview, advising artists to keep their publishing rights.

The lawsuit indicates that Hall initiated an arbitration process on November 9 against Oates, his wife Aimee Oates, and Richard Flynn, as co-trustees of Oates’ trust. The arbitration seeks to prevent the sale of their share in Whole Oats Enterprises to Primary Wave Music.

Oates’ team, according to the lawsuit, had hinted at the possibility of concluding the sale shortly, despite the absence of an arbitrator to resolve the issue. The lawsuit alleges that the intent letter for the sale with Primary Wave Music breached a confidentiality provision by disclosing details of the duo’s business agreement.

The case is scheduled for a court hearing on November 30.

Inquiries were made by The Big Big News to lawyers of both parties and representatives of Primary Wave Music. It remains uncertain if the dispute specifically involves the music catalog of Hall & Oates, renowned for hits like “Private Eyes,” “Rich Girl,” and “Maneater.”

Hall and Oates, who began their careers as Temple University students and later signed with Atlantic Records in 1972, have achieved significant success over the years, including six platinum albums and numerous top 10 singles. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Their latest album, “Home for Christmas,” was released in 2006, and as of the previous year, they were still actively performing.

Oates, speaking in 2021 about their continued success and hit songs, emphasized the joy of performing their well-loved tracks, especially after resuming a national tour post-pandemic delays.

The report was filed by Sherman from Copperas Cove, Texas.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hall Oates Lawsuit

Why is Daryl Hall suing John Oates?

Daryl Hall is suing John Oates because Oates plans to sell his share in their joint venture, Whole Oats Enterprises LLP. Hall argues this sale violates their business agreement terms.

What has the court decided regarding the sale?

The court has temporarily halted the sale. A Nashville chancery court judge issued a temporary restraining order on November 16, preventing the sale to Primary Wave IP Investment Management LLC until further legal review.

What are the confidentiality concerns in Hall and Oates’ lawsuit?

The lawsuit is largely sealed, with many details undisclosed due to the private nature of the dispute and the confidentiality of the business agreement and arbitration process.

What does the lawsuit allege against John Oates and his trust?

The lawsuit contends that Oates, along with co-trustees of his trust, violated a confidentiality provision by disclosing details of their business agreement with Primary Wave Music for the sale.

What is the historical significance of Hall & Oates in the music industry?

Hall & Oates are known for their impact in the soft rock and pop genre, with numerous top hits and six platinum albums. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

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MarkTheMusicFan November 24, 2023 - 10:30 pm

so sad to see legends like hall and oates in a legal battle, their music was part of my childhood. hope they sort it out soon!

OldSchoolRocker November 24, 2023 - 11:06 pm

Legal battles in the music industry aren’t new, but it’s always a shock when it’s iconic duos like Hall & Oates. Shows that business can strain even the strongest partnerships.

Ella_MusicLover November 24, 2023 - 11:16 pm

I wonder how this will affect their music rights, especially with songs like Maneater and Rich Girl. These are classics! Can’t imagine not hearing them anymore because of legal issues.

Jessie K November 25, 2023 - 2:26 am

Wow, never thought I’d see the day where Hall & Oates would be in court against each other. Thought they were tighter than this. Guess money changes everything, huh?


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