Plaintiff's Counsel Announces Suit Against Signatures Network, Inc. Alleging It Wrongfully Terminated CFO For Protesting Allegedly Fraudulent Practices

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Suit alleges that music licensing company fraudulently deprived major musical artists of millions of dollars in royalty payments.

The former CFO of Signatures Network Inc. (SNI) has filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court (Case No. CGC-08-472337) charging that SNI wrongfully terminated him after he protested fraudulent practices at the company that deprived its musical artists of millions of dollars in royalty payments. One of the largest music merchandising and artist fan club companies in the world, SNI holds or has held contracts with numerous major recording artists, including Madonna, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Lopez, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, Coldplay and Justin Timberlake.

The complaint charges that SNI engaged in ongoing fraudulent practices which included fraudulently charging overhead costs to artists and assessing manufactured credits against artists' royalties. The suit also alleges that SNI's CFO repeatedly protested the practices to the company's CEO and COO after learning of them, but the practices continued. The lawsuit charges that SNI later fired the CFO because of his complaints.

Last November, SNI announced that it was being acquired by Live Nation Artists, a unit of live entertainment promoter and venue management company Live Nation, Inc. Live Nation is also named as a defendant in the case.

The suit, Chantel v. Signatures Network, Inc., was filed by attorneys from Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP.

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