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Geffen alleges Love, Erlandson breaching contract

Hole still owes five albums under recording agreement

Geffen Records has sued singer-actress Courtney Love and Eric Erlandson, the principal members of the band Hole, claiming that they are not entitled to walk out on a 1992 recording agreement, under which Geffen claims the band still owes five albums.

According to the complaint, filed Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court, Doll Head Inc., which owns the exclusive recording services of Love and Erlandson, repudiated the contract, claiming that California labor law limits personal services contracts to seven years.

Geffen contends that recording contracts are not personal services agreements, and that in any event, the agreement was extended by amendment in 1997. Geffen also contends that Love and Erlandson are obligated under an inducement letter that the two signed agreeing they would become obligated directly to Geffen if Doll Head failed to perform.

The complaint also seeks unspecified damages and an injunction barring the band from recording as Hole for anyone else.

Geffen is repped by Russell Frackman of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp.

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