Migos Sue Their Attorney For Malpractice, QC’s Pierre “Pee” Thomas Calls Lawsuit ‘Nonsense’
Rap trio the Migos are suing their longtime attorney Damien Granderson. The lawsuit claims that he
“abused his position of trust as Migos’ fiduciary from the moment he was retained as Migos’ lawyer.”
It also alleges he
“cheated [the group] out of millions of dollars.”
The trio also claims that Damien Granderson had “glaring conflicts of interest” and allegedly favored the group’s label, Quality Control, which he also represented. The Migos are suing Granderson for professional malpractice and unjust enrichment. It’s not clear how much they’re requesting.
The Migos, which consists of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff, alleges in their lawsuit that Granderson’s record deals with 300 Entertainment, which the group left in 2017 via a pricey exit arrangement to join with Capitol, were not in its best interest and cost the group “millions of dollars.”
The complaint continues to allege that Granderson “concealed” from the group that Quality Control had an exclusive label deal with Capitol that
“would allow Capitol to distribute all albums that QCM produced and that QCM was actually profitting far more handsomely than was apparent from the face of the documents that Granderson personally presented to Migos for immediate execution.”
The lawsuit further accuses Granderson of,
“betray[ing] Migos when he failed disclose both the complete nature of his relationship with QCM and the complete nature of the conflict in representing both QCM and Migos.”
The Grammy-nominated group accuses Granderson of hiding the nature of his relationship with Quality Control Music and the conflict in representing QCM and the Migos. They claim the lawyer took more compensation than needed for lawyers in his field and that he was incompetent in his other negotiations. They also took issue with their deal with Quality Control, saying it was and is “extremely unreasonable” and gave them “the right to far-above-industry-norm compensation” even though it was not required to perform any work at all.
Damien Granderson began working with the Migos and Quality Control in 2013 and was with Davis Shapiro until the firm split into two in mid-2019 when he founded Granderson Des Rochers.
“It is unfortunate that the same people that we have worked hard for, provided opportunities for, and championed for are now alleging that we have participated in any kind of immoral or unfair business practices or took advantage of them and their careers, especially while we are dealing with the death of an artist on our label that was dear to us.”
The death that Pee Thomas is referring to is the shooting death of QC artist Lil Marlo. Lil Marlo (real name Rudolph Johnson) was shot dead while driving on July 11. he was only 30 years old. Lil Marlo signed with QC back in 2017.
“We have always practiced honest business and complete transparency from the beginning when we started Quality Control Music. We built this business on family values, which has been so hard to do when you are dealing with so much pride and ego. The problem that I have been struggling with in this business as black man is jealousy, hate, division, and lack of communication. I was a millionaire before I got in the music business and for me to know the sacrifices I have made for the people that I have invested in and put every dollar, blood, sweat, and tears into is nonsense.”
His finished his statement with,
“I will not stand by and let Quality Control Music’s reputation and everything we have built and sacrificed be tarnished by allegations of unfair and unjust business practices. I am a student of this game and I have watched several black record label owner’s get destroyed by the same things that I am facing right now. This is why majority of the people in this business end up in financial turmoil and ultimately failing to reach their full potential. It is hard enough to be fighting and battling with corporations and the powers that be, I am not doing it with those who I consider family. I love my artists and I love my team. Everyone has their own lawyers. I understand in this business that you are not always going to end with the people you started with. I say that to say, I am not forcing anybody to be in business with us that has a problem and cannot communicate and does not want to work as a unit. Everything is negotiable. I wish my whole team more money, more blessings, and continued success. #longlivemarlo”
See his full statement below.
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