been paid in full. The singer’s legal team also informed the court that Ginuwine was on the verge of bankruptcy following his divorce and he owed hundreds of thousands in taxes.
On January 20th, the federal court judge came back with his decision.
The order stated the evidence presented showed that the management agreement in which Reives claims he is owed the royalties on was mutually abandoned by both parties back in 1996.
The judge notes that Ginuwine became frustrated with Reives following the release of his debut album and he believed he was unprofessional. According to the singers deposition he had his label pay a 1% royalty on his album to Reives — to essentially end the relationship and pay him out. Following the payment, the two agreed to end their working relationship and Ginuwine hired a new manager … who helped him negotiate a new more profitable deal with his label. The judge says that upon learning the singer had hired a new manager , Reives never raised any issues or took the singer to court.
The order dismissed the entire lawsuit against Ginuwine – claiming his ex-manager is not owed anything. He also awarded the singer attorney fees for having to defend himself in the case.