Las Vegas is home to many show business performers as well as their management teams. Often, the interactions between managers and performers are governed by contractual agreements. Should these professional relationships sour due to distrust or one party’s belief that a contract is unfair, contractual litigation may be required to settle the dispute.

Lukasz Gottwald, who goes by the professional name Dr. Luke, is a producer and songwriter who has collaborated with singers such as Kelly Clarkson and Britney Spears. He is now suing singer-songwriter Kesha for breach of contract. This is a countersuit against legal action initiated by Kesha, who is claiming that Dr. Luke abused her verbally, physically and sexually. According to the singer, this abuse included forced entrance into long-term contracts that did not provide her with appropriate compensation. 

Reports do not offer details regarding Dr. Luke’s breach of contract claims, although he is seeking damages of some sort. His attorney has publicly stated that Kesha’s allegations are part of an orchestrated campaign intended to coerce Dr. Luke into dissolving their recording agreement. 

There are many situations in which a contract dispute may require the pursuit of business litigation. Such lawsuits may present complicated legal issues, as well as a flurry of negative publicity if the parties involved are well-known companies, celebrities or public figures. Those who are currently facing a contentious contract issue and would like to avoid media attention may want to consult with an attorney, as this can help them reach a quick and efficient resolution.

Source: nbcnews.com, “Kesha Accuses Hitmaker Dr. Luke of ‘Exploitation’ and Abuse,” Maria Elena Fernandez, Oct. 14, 2014