Courtney Set to Square Off in Court
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Fumiko Wasserman on Thursday scheduled a trial to take place next month for rocker Courtney Love's countersuit against Universal Music, the world's largest music company, in which she alleges breach of contract and other claims, reports Reuters. First though, the jurist ordered attorneys for the Hole singer, 37, and Geffen Records, the Universal Music label named in the suit, to meet on June 10 with a court-assigned mediator, Love's lawyer Barry Cappello told reporters, according to Reuters. "These parties have not been able to agree that black is black and white is white. We don't see eye to eye on the basics, so I don't see them settling," he said. Should no settlement be reached on June 10, said Judge Wasserman at Thursday's status hearing, then the trial will begin June 11. In December 1999, Love, the widow of Nirvana's late frontman Kurt Cobain, decided to stop recording for Geffen. Last year, Geffen/Universal Music sued Love, seeking millions of dollars in damages for five undelivered albums. Love followed by countersuing. Hole, which rose to fame almost a decade ago, has recently dissolved, notes Reuters. Its last album for Geffen was 1998's "Celebrity Skin," which sold about 1.3 million copies in the U.S. Geffen's attorney, Russell Frackman, declined to comment, but a spokesman for Universal Music said it has a stronger lawsuit pending against Love. "We find it amazing that even in defeat Courtney Love attempts to claim victory," he told the news service. "All that is left is a 'garden variety' contractual dispute, which pales in comparison to Universal's damages claim for Hole's failure to deliver the albums promised under their contract."