Luhan entered the first court-referred mediation with SM Entertainment today, December 16, at 2 p.m. (KST). It was the very first round in which the two sides discussed the issue of Luhan’s contract termination with his former agency.
The lawsuit was first filed against SM Entertainment earlier this year in October, before it was forwarded to arbitration under court order last month. While Luhan nor SM Entertainment’s CEO Kim Young Min were present, each of their representative attorneys met for the first time in order to try to reach an agreement.
It is reported that the mediation ended after just 30 minutes, as the two sides were unable to work out a compromise, and only listened to the other side’s position. With an unsuccessful first round, the case will enter its next round, which has not yet been scheduled.
However, this was not an unexpected outcome, as Kris, who is also in the middle of his ongoing lawsuit with SM Entertainment, was unable to reach an agreement during his second mediation, which resulted in a third round that will be held next year. As both Luhan and Kris are in the same situation, it was very unlikely that Luhan would be successful in working out a compromise as well.