Howard Stern's lawsuit against SiriusXM over unpaid bonuses has been dismissed by a New York State Supreme Court Judge "with prejudice." Satellite Radio Playground and Sirius Buzz report that court documents were filed Monday confirming the dismissal by Judge Barbara Kapnick. The suit was officially filed by Stern's One Twelve Inc. production company and his agent Don Buchwald.
The lawsuit was filed in March of 2011, claiming the satcaster owed Stern a series of bonuses that were tied to certain subscriber numbers. Stern and Buchwald believed that the merger of Sirius and XM, which boosted the company's subscriber totals, should have caused the bonus clauses to kick in. Stern had said on-air that these bonuses could have been worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Sirius Buzz notes that the court may have felt the language in Stern's contract relating to the possibility of a merger "created a separation in the subscriber pool, and that a value was placed on the XM side of the equation in the event of a merger."
Stern's side has the right to appeal Kapnick's decision. The complete court ruling can be seen online here.