February 21, 2024

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After greater than a half-century of constructing music collectively, Daryl Corridor is suing John Oates and arguing in arbitration that he can’t promote his share of a Corridor & Oates enterprise partnership with out Corridor’s permission.

Public courtroom filings have revealed simply how large the rift has grown between the duo well-known for hits within the Seventies and ’80s, together with “Maneater,” “Wealthy Woman” “Kiss on My Checklist” and “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).”

Corridor has accused Oates of blindsiding and betraying him, saying their relationship and his belief in Oates have deteriorated. Oates has stated he’s “deeply harm” that Corridor is making “inflammatory, outlandish, and inaccurate statements” about him.

A Nashville decide just lately paused the sale of Oates’ stake in Complete Oats Enterprises LLP to Main Wave IP Funding Administration LLC till an arbitrator weighs in, or till Feb. 17.

Listed here are some current developments.


The dispute went public on Nov. 16, when Corridor filed a lawsuit in a Nashville chancery courtroom asking a decide to cease the sale by Oates so a separate, non-public arbitration might start. Corridor’s lawsuit contends that going to courtroom was the one manner to make sure the sale by Oates and others concerned in his belief didn’t shut earlier than an arbitrator might weigh in. Corridor filed for arbitration on Nov. 9.

Nonetheless, the pair’s non-public enterprise holdings and their agreements are largely blocked from public view, even after a decide unsealed many filings. Oates’ attorneys have argued that he lived as much as his contractual obligations and didn’t go behind Corridor’s again. They’ve stated the case ought to have remained solely in arbitration, whereas accusing Corridor of publicizing points from what had been a personal disagreement.

A decide put the sale on maintain the day the lawsuit was filed, then prolonged that pause final week.


A courtroom declaration by Corridor reveals what sort of helpful Corridor & Oates supplies Complete Oats Enterprises accommodates, although it doesn’t describe the worth, possession proportion breakdown or sale worth for these supplies. The declaration cites supplies akin to emblems, private identify and likeness rights, report royalty revenue and web site and social media belongings.

The musicians had been contemplating the best way to bear a “world divorce” in late 2022, when Corridor stated he was entertaining Oates’ push to dissolve their touring entity and a separate partnership associated to their musical compositions and publishing, Corridor’s declaration says. Corridor, in the meantime, proposed dissolving Complete Oats Enterprises.

Their disputes about Complete Oats Enterprises worsened and hit an deadlock, main them to enter mediation in July, Corridor’s arbitration submitting states.

The submitting accuses Oates of quietly negotiating a take care of Main Wave, whereas letting Corridor proceed with regular mediation duties, costing him time and authorized charges.

Oates’ group entered right into a non-disclosure settlement on Oct. 2 with out Corridor’s data that supplied Main Wave confidential info from the partnership. Blind to the Main Wave negotiations, Corridor and his representatives attended an hourslong mediation the following day. On Oct. 19, Corridor’s attorneys supplied Oates’ group with proposed settlement paperwork, although Oates’ group nonetheless has not commented on them

the arbitration doc says.

The subsequent day, Oates despatched Corridor the switch discover and letter of intent describing the sale to Main Wave, in response to Corridor’s submitting.


The courtroom combat was initially shrouded by company legalese and filings unavailable the general public’s view. Corridor then peeled away the veneer in a point-by-point declaration detailing why he’s “deeply troubled by the deterioration of my relationship with, and belief in, John Oates.”

Corridor’s account was filed in early November throughout arbitration and made public later within the month within the lawsuit. It alleges that Oates and his group engaged within the “final partnership betrayal” by pushing to promote his share whereas telling Corridor’s associates that he wished to take care of his possession.

Corridor alleged that Oates in recent times has change into “adversarial and aggressive as a substitute {of professional} and courteous” towards him. Corridor accused Oates of constructing enterprise calls for through a “revolving forged of legal professionals.”

Corridor stated he was two days from leaving for a tour throughout the West Coast, Japan and the Philippines, when Oates first supplied discover of the approaching sale on Oct. 20.

Corridor stated he would have by no means authorised a sale to Main Wave, and takes problem with its enterprise mannequin. Corridor expressed concern about how his identify and likeness and different belongings could possibly be used.

Moreover, he stated Oates’ group has not supplied him with the confidential info disclosed to Main Wave, which has already owned “important curiosity” in Corridor & Oates’ tune catalog for greater than 15 years. The New York-based firm has struck offers in recent times to purchase stakes within the music catalogs of artists like Bing Crosby, Bob Marley, Stevie Nicks, Whitney Houston and Prince.

Deena Merlen, a Connecticut-based associate at Reavis Web page Soar LLP with leisure legislation experience, famous that Main Wave has struck greater than $2 billion in funding offers in about two years, because it buys music rights.

“Main Wave has been a child in a sweet store, with a pocket full of money,” stated Merlen, who shouldn’t be concerned within the Corridor & Oates case. “Not a terrific stretch to see the temptation for Oates, beneath the circumstances.”


In his personal declaration

Oates expressed disappointment along with his longtime associate’s phrases, saying Corridor’s accusations of that Oates went behind his again and breached their settlement aren’t true. Oates declined to enter specifics, saying he’s obligated to maintain particulars non-public, even when Corridor didn’t.

Oates argued he had been attempting for a while to boost their enterprise partnership, however Corridor has change into unwilling to work with him to guard what they created. He additionally stated Corridor has been attempting for years to be seen as a person.

In response to Corridor’s arbitration submitting, Oates’ attorneys have argued the sale is allowed beneath a bit of their enterprise settlement that seems to offer one associate an opportunity to purchase the opposite’s share when confronted with an outdoor sale.

Merlen cautioned that with out seeing the total settlement — which is beneath courtroom seal — she will be able to’t make sure how the supply works. However she stated it seems to be a “proper of first refusal,” giving non-selling members larger management over proposed transfers, “probably blocking a sale to a 3rd social gathering they don’t need to let in, whereas on the identical time rising their very own possession stake.”

Corridor’s group has argued different contractual violations void the deal.

“As as to if he (Oates) had the correct to do what he allegedly did — or tried to do — with Main Wave, nicely, that continues to be to be seen,” Merlen stated.