In a surprise development, Migos have filed a complaint against their longtime attorney Damien Granderson for charging excessive fees as well as not disclosing conflicts of interest in relation to his representation of their label, Quality Control Music.
In the suit, the Atlanta trio claim that Granderson, his law firm, Granderson Des Rochers, LLP and his former firm, Davis Shapiro Lewit Grabel & Leven, LLP “cheated [the group] out of millions of dollars,” and accused him of “glaring conflicts of interest” for favoring the group’s label, Quality Control, reports Variety.
The complaint, filed by attorney Bryan Freedman, adds that Granderson negotiated “one-sided deals that benefited Granderson and Granderson’s higher priority client, Quality Control Music.” The fact that Granderson was also representing Quality Control Music, was allegedly not known to Migos.
It also alleges that Granderson “concealed” from the group that Quality Control had an exclusive label deal with Capitol that “would allow Capitol to distribute all albums that QCM produced and that QCM was actually profiting far more handsomely than was apparent from the face of the documents that Granderson personally presented to Migos for immediate execution.”
Quality Control Music has disputed Quavo, Offset and Takeoff’s claims in an Instagram post. “It is unfortunate that the same people that we have worked hard for, provided opportunities for, and championed for are now alleging that we have participated in any kind of immoral or unfair business practices or took advantage of them and their careers,” QCM’s CEO Pierre “Pee” Thomas posted on Instagram. “We have always practiced honest business and complete transparency from the beginning when we started Quality Control Music. We built this business on family values, which has been so hard to do when you are dealing with so much pride and ego.”
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It is unfortunate that the same people that we have worked hard for,provided opportunities for, and championed for are now alleging that we have participated in any kind of immoral or unfair business practices or took advantage of them and their careers, especially while we are dealing with the death of an artist on our label that was dear to us. We have always practiced honest business and complete transparency from the beginning when we started Quality Control Music. We built this business on family values, which has been so hard to do when you are dealing with so much pride and ego. The problem that I have been struggling with in this business as black man is jealousy, hate, division, and lack of communication. I was a millionaire before I got in the music business and for me to know the sacrifices I have made for the people that I have invested in and put every dollar, blood, sweat, and tears into is nonsense. I will not stand by and let Quality Control Music’s reputation and everything we have built and sacrificed be tarnished by allegations of unfair and unjust business practices. I am a student of this game and I have watched several black record label owner’s get destroyed by the same things that I am facing right now. This is why majority of the people in this business end up in financial turmoil and ultimately failing to reach their full potential. It is hard enough to be fighting and battling with corporations and the powers that be, I am not doing it with those who I consider family. I love my artists and I love my team. Everyone has their own lawyers. I understand in this business that you are not always going to end with the people you started with. I say that to say, I am not forcing anybody to be in business with us that has a problem and cannot communicate and does not want to work as a unit. Everything is negotiable. I wish my whole team more money, more blessings, and continued success. #longlivemarlo🙏🏾
Migos have alleged professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, three violations of California business and professional codes and unjust enrichment. They are seeking damages and restitution in “millions of dollars,” alongside attorneys’ fees, other suit costs and punitive damages.