Three members of Dong Bang Shin Ki (Xiah Junsu, YoungWoong Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun) and SM Entertainment had their first hearing today regarding an objection to the verdict on a contract suspension injunction that was made last year, and were unsuccessful in closing the gap between their conflicting stances.
The legal representatives of the three members of DBSK and SM met at the Seoul District Courts at 5 p.m. on the 7th to state their stances on the lawsuit made by SM Entertainment regarding an objection to the contract suspension injunction verdict.
This hearing was held after SM filed for the lawsuit on April 12th as an objection to the partial acceptance verdict made by the Courts last year.
At the hearing, SM’s representative stated, “Compared to other agencies in Korea, DBSK’s income division is not unfair,” and emphasized that DBSK’s income division was not a pressing issue in the exclusive contract.
The representative also strongly questioned the three members’ action of signing a separate contract with their Japanese agency AVEX although only the contract suspension injunction, not the actual lawsuit, had been partially accepted by the Courts.
On the other hand, the three members’ representative stated, “The length and the income division section of the exclusive contract between SM and DBSK is so unfair that the situation is very grave.”
The judge in charge of the hearing (Judge Choi Sung Joon) questioned both sides of the possibility of a settlement, but no groundbreaking outcome came of it.
The Courts asked both sides whether a settlement could be made if the contract was fixed but received different answers.
When the Courts asked both sides if a settlement would be possible if the Courts shortened the length of the exclusive contract and if the income division was made more equal SM’s representative said “Yes, a settlement would be possible,” but the three members’ side gave a skeptical answer and said, “The three members have lost their faith in SM and they think negatively of the prospect of working with the agency again.”
However, the three members’ side stated near the end of the hearing that, “If SM’s desires for a settlement are sincere, then I will talk to the three members and will report back to the Courts.”
On the other hand, Kim Young Min and Nam So Young attended the hearing as SM and SM Japan’s representatives respectively but none of the members of DBSK attended. The Courts will examine all files submitted by both sides till the end of this month and reach a verdict regarding SM’s objection to the contract suspension injunction verdict.