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Here’s Why Daryl Hall Filed a Restraining Order Against John Oates

Here’s Why Daryl Hall Filed a Restraining Order Against John Oates

Details of Daryl Hall’s restraining order against John Oates have been revealed. A Tennessee judge has now unsealed part of the case. According to Variety, Hall is trying to stop his musical partner from selling their shared stake in their joint venture to Primary Wave Music. The judge discreetly unsealed certain parts of the case just two days before Thanksgiving.

Hall seems to disagree with Oates’ plan to sell his share of Whole Oats Enterprises to the investment firm. This firm had acquired a “significant” stake in their catalog rights 16 years ago. Hall has expressed remorse for not possessing complete ownership of his publishing rights.

In response to Hall’s lawyers’ argument that the sale seemed imminent because Oates’ team signed a letter of intent with Primary Wave, Chancellor Russell Perkins temporarily blocked Oates from proceeding with the sale. This decision aims to address concerns and maintain the current situation for now. The court hearing is set for November 30, well before the existing restraining order expires. This proceeding will ensure a prompt resolution while upholding the essence of the original order.

More Details on Daryl Hall’s Restraining Order Against John Oates

According to Hall’s team, in the recently unsealed portion of the lawsuit, Oates’ team allowed Primary Wave to access the duo’s confidential joint business agreement, which was supposed to remain private. Because of this, “the entire Unauthorized Transaction is the product of an indisputable breach of contract,” Hall’s legal team claims.

Hall filed for arbitration between the two singers’ teams on November 9th. Despite this, the restraining order request indicated his belief that Oates would proceed with the immediate sale to Primary Wave. The lawsuit also noted the absence of an agreed-upon arbitrator.

Some parts of the lawsuit remain confidential. The judge agrees with Hall’s legal team that these sections contain information protected by the confidentiality agreement that Oates supposedly violated during his interactions with Primary Wave.

In February 2007, Primary Wave announced their acquisition of a “significant interest in the song catalog of Daryl Hall & John Oates.” Reports suggest that Primary Wave purchased a speculated half-interest in the catalog for an estimated $25-50 million for the duo.

Hall and Oates have taken separate paths in the past year, with each artist pursuing solo tours that showcase their individual talents alongside their iconic duo hits. During his performances, Hall has been joined by Todd Rundgren for duets. Worth noting, Hall and Oates also shared the stage for a two-month tour in the fall of 2022. Their final collaborative album was Home for Christmas in 2006.