CBS Radio Files Lawsuit Against Howard Stern
February 28, 2006

CBS Radio has filed suit against Howard Stern, his company One Twelve, Inc., his agent Don Buchwald, his agent's firm Don Buchwald & Associates, Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc.

The lawsuit seeks "compensatory and punitive damages for multiple breaches of contract, fraud, unjust enrichment, and misappropriation of CBS Radio's broadcast time." It also seeks damages from Sirius for "unfair competition and tortious interference with Stern's CBS contract."

Stern addressed a report that the lawsuit was coming on his program this morning, calling the potential suit "unbelievable" and adding that the lawsuit "is to distract you from what is going on in the radio division." Stern admitted the potential suit is a reality and that he had a meeting on the subject recently with his lawyer, who called the suit "a total joke."  Stern later held a press conference alleging CBS was "bullying" him.

The 43-page complaint charges:

  • Howard Stern repeatedly and willfully breached his written contract with CBS Radio over the last 22 months of that contract, misappropriated millions of dollars worth of CBS Radio airtime for his own financial benefit, and fraudulently concealed his interest in hundreds of millions of dollars of Sirius stock while promoting it on the air.
  • That on or about January 9, 2006, Sirius paid over 34 million shares of stock, valued at approximately $220 million, to Stern and his agent because Sirius exceeded by the end of 2005 certain subscriber targets that were set in the Sirius-Stern contract. The complaint alleges that the Sirius-Stern contract provided that Stern was to receive this stock payment in 2010, but it had an acceleration provision that allowed Stern to receive the compensation as early as January 2006 if these subscriber targets were met. All of Stern's actions for which he received this expedited compensation occurred during the time that Stern was under exclusive contract with CBS Radio, when the Sirius payment terms to Stern were kept secret.
  • This contract thus provided a compelling incentive for Stern to do all that he could to help Sirius reach the subscriber targets by the end of 2005 so that he could receive his Sirius stock payment as soon as possible while Sirius's stock was extremely valuable. Without the accelerated payment, Stern would risk the decline of the Sirius stock value. By taking action on CBS Radio's airtime in 2004 and 2005, Stern assured himself of immediate access to $200 million in assets that could be readily converted to cash.
  • By engaging in continuous promotion of Sirius on CBS Radio airtime without any payment by Sirius to CBS for these advertisements and by pocketing over $200 million dollars for his personal benefit, Stern misappropriated millions of dollars worth of CBS Radio airtime for his own financial benefit and the financial benefit of Don Buchwald, his agent, and Sirius in contravention of repeated directives by CBS Radio.
  • That Stern also breached his contractual obligation to inform CBS Radio of plans that might have a bearing on his future. Under the Agreement, Stern had the obligation to give CBS Radio the first opportunity to discuss participation in radio projects that are conceived during the term of the Agreement, even if the concept or project was launched or implemented after the term. Stern ignored that responsibility, and negotiated and concluded his agreement with Sirius in secret.
  • To this day, Stern continues to breach his contract by refusing to return property that belongs to CBS Radio -- the recordings of his CBS radio program that, under his Agreement with CBS Radio, belong to the company.

The suit also charges "Sirius intentionally interfered with and procured Stern's breach of the Agreement. Sirius knew that Stern had a contractual obligation to maximize the prospects for the success of the CBS Radio program and to comply with his duty of good faith. Sirius intentionally induced and caused Stern to breach these contractual provisions by offering to accelerate Stern's payment of millions of dollars in stock options to promote Sirius on CBS airwaves and by concealing Stern's stock interest from CBS Radio."

The complaint in this lawsuit was filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.




 
Breaking News
Brian Beasley Named Chief Operating Officer of Beasley Media Group, Inc.
2016 NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced
SiriusXM Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results
Alpha Media Clinton Names Mike Fell Market Manager
NextRadio Survey Reinforces How Radio Can Help Reach Voters
RAB Announces Staff Changes
July 25, 2016
Drake, U2, Britney Spears & More Announced For iHeartRadio Music Festival
Scotty K And Bret Head To Dallas For Mornings On KLIF
July 22, 2016
eQB NOW
Pandora Revenue Up in Second Quarter of 2016
John Crenshaw Named OM at Cumulus-Youngstown, OH
Alpha Media Savannah-Hilton Head Launches Throwback Station "G100"
July 21, 2016
iHeartMedia, Cumulus, Entercom, Cox, Sun Broadcast Group & Shazam Collaborate on New Audio Measurement
Justin Riley Named PD For Power 93.3 & 106.1 KISS FM-Seattle
Universal Music Publishing Promotes David Gray to EVP/Head of West Coast A&R
Steve Mann Named APD/Night Host at WGRR/Cincinnati
John Crenshaw Named OM at Cumulus-Youngstown, OH
Entercom Names Kim Reis VP/Digital Audience Engagement
July 20, 2016
UMG And Interscope Ink Multitiered Pact With Downtown Records Celebrating 10th Anniversary
WCTO PD Jerry Padden Adds WLEV Programming Duties in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
Cox Media Group Tulsa Names Mary Garcia Digital Sales Manager For Tulsa Radio
July 19, 2016
Beasley Broadcast Group to Acquire Greater Media For $240 Million
UMG Appoints Maria Alonte SVP/Film & TV Synchronization for Def Jam, Island & Republic
iHeartMedia Stakes Claim to Historic New York Skyline on Iconic East River Billboard
July 18, 2016
Music News
Beyoncé, Adele Lead MTV VMA Nominees
Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Metallica Headlining Global Citizens Festival
Drake Spends 11th Week at #1 on Billboard 200
Quick Hits: Rihanna, Flo Rida & Jason Derulo, Adele, Chance the Rapper, The 1975, David Bowie, Michael Hutchence
New David Bowie Box Set Includes Previously Unreleased Album
Quick Hits: Rihanna, KoRn, My Chemical Romance, Jennifer Hudson, Regina Spektor, Oasis
Temple of the Dog Announce First-Ever Tour
Quick Hits: The Beatles, Iggy Azalea, My Chemical Romance, Haim
Quick Hits: Alternative Press Music Awards / Marilyn Manson, Wilco, Beck, Led Zeppelin, Kesha
Drake Returns To #1 On Billboard 200
Kanye, Taylor Swift Feud Over "Famous" Lyric Again
Quick Hits: Coldplay, Schoolboy Q, Prophets of Rage, Celine Dion, Against Me!
Katy Perry Releases Olympics Anthem
Quick Hits: Britney Spears, M.I.A.
Beyoncé, Adele Earn Emmy Nominations
FMQB NOW

Bill Tanner
SVP/Programming
SummitMedia

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!