May 16 Beats Electronics, which is close to
being sold to Apple Inc for $3.2 billion, has been sued
by the founder of a music service Beats bought two years ago
claiming he has been cheated out of his share of the company.
David Hyman, the founder of the music subscription service
MOG Inc, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Los Angeles superior
court claiming he was purposely terminated so that Beats could
avoid granting him his equity stake in the company.
Hyman claims that as part of the agreement Beats made to buy
MOG in 2012, he would have been granted, over a period of time,
2.5 percent of the outstanding equity interest in Beats if the
company reached a market value of $500 million or more. But
Hyman was terminated less than a year after the deal, which
prevented him from "receiving the fruits and benefits" of the
transaction, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, which makes claims for breach of contract, is
seeking $20 million in damages.
A Beats spokeswoman had no comment.
Rapper Dr. Dre and legendary music producer Jimmy Iovine,
the founders of Beats Electronics, were not named in the
(Reporting by Andrew Longstreth in New York; Additional
reporting by Lisa Richwine)