Paramore are in a legal dispute with their former bassist Jeremy Davis over whether he was an employee of the band or a partner in their business.
As reported by The Tennessean, Davis was one of the founding members of the band but left last year. Now Varoom Whoa, a business entity that owns Paramore, has sued Davis on the basis that he is an employee of the band.
Davis is claiming that he was a partner in the band which would entitle him to a split of all the band’s touring revenue and royalties, however, Varoom Whoa claim that front woman Hayley Williams solely owns the band.
If Davis wins the case and is declared a partner of the band he may also be eligible to claim royalties and revenue from the band for not only the period he was in the band but also from what the band makes without him moving forward.
Williams is the one signed to Atlantic Records and she pays the members of Paramore as employees.
“Because she wanted to foster a feeling of camaraderie within the band, at her direction, the band members’ salaries included a portion of Williams’ earnings,” the lawsuit says.
Davis claims, however, that he was an employee of the band until 2008 when he joined as a partner.
“Thereafter, and at all times relevant hereto, Davis, Williams and York shared equally in all net profits generated by the partnership, from any and all sources, including but not limited to the Atlantic agreement,” Davis claims in a countersuit filed.
Williams is the only founding member left in Paramore. Zac and Josh Farro left in 2010, prior to Davis. The band has released one record since then, 2010’s self-titled effort.
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