by Tequila Higgins
Atlanta rap group Migos have filed a lawsuit against their longtime talent attorney, Damien Granderson and his current firm (Granderson Des Rochers) and his previous firm (Davis Shapiro), for “taking ‘excessive fees’ without proper written agreement and failing to disclose conflicts of interest arising from his representation of their label” says Billboard.com. Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff allege that they were robbed and cheated out of millions of dollars by people that they trusted to have their best interest in the forefront. They are also suing for professional malpractice, as they learned that Granderson practiced law for 5 years without a California license in California; breach of fiduciary duty; violation of CA Business & Professions Code 6147 & 6148 (requires contingency fee agreement to be made in writing); and unfair and unjust enrichment.
Attorney Bryan Freedman basically accuses Granderson of taking advantage of the group members at the time of their first deal back in 2014 with 300 Entertainment to distribute the group’s debut album Yung Rich Nation, stating that at the time the groups’ members were in their late teens, early twenties with nothing more than a high school education. Freedman said that Granderson saw the young men “as an easy target and coaxed them into a one-sided deal for the benefit of a higher-priority client, Quality Control Music (QCM),” whom had signed the Migos to a recording agreement just a year prior in 2013. On top of that, things worsened when Granderson negotiated a 2018 amendment to the exclusive label agreement between QCM and Capitol Records, which “triggered an extension of the exclusive recoding agreement between QMC and Migos, in which Granderson knew to contain terms that were unconscionable for Migos.”
According to the lawsuit, there was also a clause that would require the Migos to render services directly to Capitol if the group parted ways with QCM and it was drafted in a way that financially disincentivized it from doing so. It would also prevent the Migos from ever being signed to any other label other than QCM, from ever being free of paying excessive compensation to QCM, and from ever being able to obtain negotiating leverage to secure reasonable terms in connection with the distribution of their recordings.