Responding to criticism of the alleged coercion of acts to play the Forum if they want an MSG date, Azoff says such incentives are fair game in LA's "competitive market"
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Former Ticketmaster/Live Nation head honcho Azoff has won a lawsuit against architect Scott Mitchell over work on his Beverly Hills home
By Jon Chapple on 12 Dec 2016
Two days before it was revealed Irving Azoff is suing a “cartel” of US radio stations for alleged underpayment of songwriters, the veteran artist manager and former Live Nation executive chairman was handed a legal victory closer – literally – to home.
On 6 December Los Angeles Superior Court judge Ruth Ann Kwan awarded Azoff (pictured) and wife Shelli, as trustees of the “Azoff Family Trust”, more than US$2 million to settle a long-running lawsuit against LA celebrity architect Scott Mitchell.
Mitchell and his company, Scott Michell Studio, were ordered to pay the Azoffs $2,156,448.68, plus post-judgment interest from 14 September, after being found guilty of, among other claims, breach of professional responsibility and breach of contract in their role overseeing an extension to the Azoffs’ Beverly Hills house.
The judgment can be read in full here.
In addition to the legal action, via his Global Music Rights operation, against the Radio Music License Committee, Azoff recently penned a much-shared open letter to YouTube, which he accused of hiding “behind the DMCA’s ‘safe harbor’ [sic] provision [to] pay artists “a pittance”.