Yoo Jae Suk And Kim Yong Man’s Lawyer Explains How Supreme Court Ruling May Affect Future Celebrity Lawsuits
Yoo Jae Suk and Kim Yong Man’s lawyer has made a statement regarding the outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Previously, the two comedians’ previous agency STOM E&F went into financial troubles in 2010 and its bonds were seized provisionally. Though they terminated their contracts and requested that broadcasting networks pay them directly, the networks sent the payments to the court as it was unclear who the agency’s creditors were.
They then filed a lawsuit to receive their payments, but the first and second trials ruled against them. Recently, the case went to the Supreme Court of South Korea, which ruled in the celebrities’ favor and requested the Seoul High Court consider the case.
On January 22, Yoo Jae Suk and Kim Yong Man’s lawyer Choi Choong Dan stated to OSEN, “According to the intent of the Supreme Court’s ruling, Yoo Jae Suk and Kim Yong Man are the parties directly involved in the contracts with broadcasting stations, and the payments are theirs.”
He added, “Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, the Seoul High Court received the ruling, and the 600 million won (approximately $530,000) in payments will be returned in full. As it was money that was deposited, there’s interest, though not a lot.”
On what the case means for other similar legal battles, he stated, “Because it is the Supreme Court’s ruling, [the case] will have influence. There is a high possibility that other celebrities with disputes regarding appearance fees will win.”
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