Lisa Kudrow Loses $1.6 Million in Ex-Manager Lawsuit

Lisa Kudrow Loses $1.6 Million in Ex-Manager Lawsuit

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“Friends” star's attorney says they will appeal

Former “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow lost a lawsuit brought against her by former manager Scott Howard, with a jury awarding Howard $1.6 million.

By a 10-2 verdict, the jury found on Tuesday that Kudrow had violated her oral agreement with Howard, awarding him the exact amount that he claimed he was owed from Kudrow's “Friends” earnings.

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Kudrow was on hand for the reading of the verdict and her attorney told TheWrap in a statement that he will appeal the verdict.

“The jury's verdict is merely one step in the legal process,” Gerald Sauer of Sauer & Wagner LLP said in a statement. “This case ultimately will be resolved at the appellate level.  Ms. Kudrow has faith in the judicial system, and she believes that the eventual outcome of this contractual dispute will be in her favor.”

Howard's attorney, Mark Baute, is unimpressed by talk of an appeal, telling TheWrap on Wednesday that Kudrow has “no legal basis” for an appeal, and that stalling on paying the judgment would only result in thousands of dollars in interest that the actress would have to pay.

Lisa Kudrow needs to pay her debts just like any other citizen, and she has no genuine factual or legal basis for filing an appeal. If she continues to refuse to pay her debts and appeal, she will lose her appeal, and Mr. Howard will collect $17,000 a month in post-judgment,” Baute told TheWrap in a statement. “The courts of appeal treat celebrities no differently than regular citizens, and they know the difference between a frivolous appeal and a genuine appeal. The smart business move now for any defendant in Lisa Kudrow‘s position would be to pay off the judgment in full, to stop the $17,000 a month in interest from accruing.”

Howard, who managed Kudrow from 1991 to 2007, claimed in court that the pair had agreed that he would receive 10 percent of income earned while Howard was managing Kudrow, according to ABC News. Howard said that Kudrow stopped paying him after they parted ways, but he's still owed a share of earnings from “Friends” reruns and other projects.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

 

 

  • Jim

    How do you agree to an “oral” agreement? How do you sign it?

    • Jimmy

      Oral agreements have been part of law forever. As long as you can prove it in court it can be enforced. The only way for Kudrow to get out of paying this would have been to lie and say she never made such an agreement.

  • dianeselwin

    Nice way to kiss butt, jury foreman. Did you hand her a script of yours too?

  • CNU

    I'd question the effectiveness of a manager who can't get important issues like this in writing. Seems like a rather lackluster way to conduct business dealings involving potentially large sums of money.

    • ramubay

      Why are you looking for any excuse to defend a greedy crook like Kudrow?

      • SSolero

        Why do you say that? What makes her a crook?

  • Guest

    “Howard, who managed Kudrow from 1991 to 2007, claimed in court that the
    pair had agreed that he would receive 10 percent of income earned while
    Howard was managing Kudrow, according to ABC News.
    Howard said that Kudrow stopped paying him after they parted ways, but
    he’s still owed a share of earnings from “Friends” reruns and other
    projects.”

    If you aren't managing her now, why should you get anything from reruns?

    • ramubay

      The same way that anyone who worked on the show gets money for the reruns. Management deals are for 10 percent of earnings. Some of those earnings come in such things as reruns and DVDs that occur long after the project was filmed.

    • Sanderson Kramer

      God are you dumb. He was entitled to anything earned from managing her to 2007 and that included residuals earned during that period paid after 2007

      • Guest

        Wow. No need to be rude. Geez.

        • SSolero

          His comment was 100% uncalled for. Rude is the understatement of the world

  • ramubay

    Hollywood stars are all the same, greedy greedy greedy.