Judge Postpones Love Trial by a Week
The fight isn’t over between Courtney Love, 37, and the behemoth Universal Music, which have squared off in court over the terms of their mutual record deals. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Fumiko Wasserman delayed for a week the start of a trial pitting former Hole front woman Love against Universal in a breach of contract case that ultimately may alter how all recording artists are treated by their labels, Reuters reports. Attorneys on both sides declined to comment about the results of a Monday meeting with a court-appointed mediator after Judge Wasserman had threatened the parties with a trial if they did not reach a deal, Reuters reports. (The delay is reportedly on account of a crowded legal schedule.) Love’s attorney, Troy Thielemann, without discussing any specifics, informed reporters at the courthouse on Tuesday that talks are continuing between both sides, apparently in the hope of reaching such a settlement. In December 1999, Love, the widow of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain, decided to stop recording for Universal’s Geffen Music. Last year, Geffen/Universal Music sued Love, seeking millions of dollars in damages for five undelivered albums; Love followed by countersuing. Hole, which rose to fame almost a decade ago, has recently dissolved. Its last album for Geffen was 1998’s “Celebrity Skin,” which sold about 1.3 million copies in the United States.