A former veepee of licensing at Saban Entertainment has sued the company, claiming she is owed more than $2 million in salary and bonuses for striking licensing deals based on Saban’s properties, including the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.”
The suit, which provides a glimpse into the lucrative world of licensing and merchandising, claims that Saban fired Debora Young in an attempt to avoid paying her substantial bonuses.
Private investigator alleged
It also claims that execs at Saban hired a private investigator in an attempt to fabricate a reason for her dismissal and had the investigator follow and observe Young, despite the fact that she was no longer being employed by Saban.
The suit asserts breach of contract, fraud, invasion of privacy and defamation, and seeks compensation of $500,000 for bonuses Young would have earned for the third and fourth quarters of 1994, and for loss of earnings of $1.5 million based on a compensation agreement, plus interest and punitive damages.
Loss of commissions
According to the complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court, Young’s employment agreement called for her to receive 1% of the first $1 million in domestic cash receipts received by Saban on any property, 1.5% on the next $1 million, and 2% based on the $2 million sales plateau.
She was to receive these amounts in addition to her annual salary, the complaint says.
But the suit adds she was terminated without cause around Nov. 14, 1994, less than two years after she began working at Saban.
Nancy Dassoff, Young’s attorney, declined to comment on the lawsuit.
A Saban rep said the company does not comment on ongoing litigation.