Court Decision On JYJ & SM Entertainment Case Delayed
Written by Mari
Friday, July 20, 2012 10:48 PM
The final resolution to the exclusive contract case involving SM Entertainment and members of boy band JYJ has been delayed.
The Seoul Central District Court was originally scheduled to issue the
decision on the case on July 19 but postponed and reset it to August 10.
Before the court was to promulgate the case, SM Entertainment filed for arbitration last July 11.
Fans were hoping that they would see the final resolution to the case, which has dragged on for three years.
JYJ members Junsu, Jaejoong and Yoochun were originally part of boy band
TVXQ. In 2009, they filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to void
their exclusive contract, which they described as "slave contract" as
its period was 13 years.
For its part, SM Entertainment filed a countersuit to prove that the contract was fair.
On October 2009, the court issued an injunction in favor of JYJ, which
suspended their contract with SM Entertainment and allowed the group to
hold their own activities without any interference from the agency. The
agency appealed the decision but it was dismissed.
The three stars then formed the group JYJ in 2010 and signed a contract
with AVEX Entertainment to continue their activities in Japan. However,
AVEX Entertainment suspended the activities of JYJ because of an
alleged record of the president of C-JeS Entertainment and the ongoing
lawsuit in Korea.
SM Entertainment also sought to terminate the management contract
between JYJ and C-JeS Entertainment, which JYJ hired to manage their
activities, but it was also dismissed by the court.
In addition, the court said SM Entertainment cannot interfere in the
activities of JYJ and the agency will be fined 20 million won (P733,000)
each time it violates the order.
However, because of the pending lawsuit, Korean TV stations have sided
with SM Entertainment and banned JYJ from appearing in music shows to
promote their albums and perform.
So far, JYJ members are able to appear only in dramas and selected interviews
Credit: Manila Bulletin