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Does Madonna Owe Money?
Highest Court M.D. Louisiana
Year Ended 2011
Plaintiffs Investor(s)
Defendants Film Producer(s)
Film Studio(s)
Madonna
Maverick Films
Music Manager(s)
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Plaintiffs lent money to Madonna and her film company, Maverick Films, as well as various other individuals and entities associated with Madonna's film endeavors, which were in need of financing. After Defendants did not repay Plaintiffs' loans, Plaintiff sued all the parties for contract breach, unjust enrichment, detrimental reliance, unfair trade practices, and conversion. Maverick Films defaulted, and a default judgment was entered against them. (Various other procedural and evidentiary rulings were undertaken during 2009-2010, which are not discussed herein). On Madonna's and her manager's motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, the court found in their favor. First, her manager had not submitted to jurisdiction by appearing at Maverick's default hearing, because he contested to jurisdiction all along. Second, there was no jurisdiction over either Madonna or her manager, neither individually nor as corporate officers. Their personal presence within Louisiana was minimal, Madonna having performed there sometime in the 1980s, and their recent contacts with the state were all within their capacities as corporate officers, which does not subject them to personal jurisdiction as individuals. Furthermore, the court would not "pierce the corporate veil" and find jurisdiction over them personally, because Plaintiff did not adequately illustrate that their corporations were mere alter egos or vehicles by which Madonna and Co. perpetuated fraud. Though a default judgment was entered against Maverick, the cause was dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction as to Madonna, et. al. - LSW

Legal Issues
Business Associations Corporations Director & Shareholder Liability
Civil Procedure Default Judgments Entry & Enforcement
  Evidence Discovery
Conflicts of Law Jurisdiction & Forum Personal Jurisdiction
Contracts Breach Payment & Performance
General Equitable Actions Detrimental Reliance
    Unjust Enrichment
Torts Property Torts Conversion
Trademarks & Unfair Competition State Statute/Common Law Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practices


Opinions Dykes v. Maverick Motion Picture Group, LLC
2009 WL 3053738
M.D. Louisiana , September 18, 2009 ( No. 08-536-RET-DLD )


Dykes v. Maverick Motion Picture Group, LLC
2010 WL 2985551
M.D. Louisiana , July 26, 2010 ( No. 08-536-JJB-CN )


Dykes v. Maverick Motion Picture Group, LLC
2010 WL 4181448
M.D. Louisiana , October 20, 2010 ( No. 08-536-JJB-DLD )


Dykes v. Maverick Motion Picture Group, LLC
2011 WL 134471
M.D. Louisiana , January 14, 2011 ( No. 08-536-JJB-DLD )


Dykes v. Maverick Motion Picture Group, LLC
2011 WL 900276
M.D. Louisiana , March 14, 2011 ( No. 08-536-JJB-CN )


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Related Searches Parties
Film Producer(s) ( Defendant )
Film Studio(s) ( Defendant )
Investor(s) ( Plaintiff )
Madonna ( Defendant )
Maverick Films ( Defendant )
Music Manager(s) ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Business Associations / Corporations / Director & Shareholder Liability
Civil Procedure / Default Judgments / Entry & Enforcement
Civil Procedure / Evidence / Discovery
Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction & Forum / Personal Jurisdiction
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
General / Equitable Actions / Detrimental Reliance
General / Equitable Actions / Unjust Enrichment
Torts / Property Torts / Conversion
Trademarks & Unfair Competition / State Statute/Common Law / Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practices

Courts
M.D. Louisiana (highest court)


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