Kanye West has suffered a setback in the $600,000 legal battle over his Yeezy brand and will be headed to trial.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a Los Angeles court judge has partially sided with the Japanese fashion company suing West.
A hearing was recently held where the judge decided NOT to dismiss claims against West. The case will move forward despite West’s attempts to have it tossed.
The judge set a trial date of May 11, 2020, which is expected to last 4-5 days.
As The Blast first reported, West and his Yeezy Apparel were sued by Toki Sen-I Co, who claimed they were stiffed hundreds of thousands over the Yeezy sneakers.
In their complaint, Toki Sen said shortly after 2015, they got into business with Kanye to deliver samples for upcoming Yeezy sneakers, and, at the time, everything went smoothly and payments were made.
However, in June 2018 Kanye placed a large order for various materials of fleece fabric, and they immediately went into production. Toki Sen wanted a down payment for the work and claimed Kanye never ponied up any money. But because of Kanye’s previous history, they did not think there would be an issue.
They claimed that Kanye later came to them and told them he would not be paying for the fabric. Toki Sen said they are owed $624,051 over the fabric, and have offered numerous payment plans to no avail.
The company also claimed Kanye’s company, Yeezy Apparel, is a “shell” and a “sham” without capital assets or member interest. They believe Kanye West operates Yeezy Apparel to prevent himself from being personally liable for anything.
Kanye and Yeezy accused the Japanese knitted fabric supplier Toki Sen-I Co. of trying to shake them down for $600k.
Kanye says the company never delivered the product as promised and therefore weren’t paid for the work.
He says, “Plaintiff never delivered the allegedly contracted- for product, and Yeezy Apparel allegedly did not pay the full price for that undelivered product. Despite being a basic business dispute between companies, Plaintiff needlessly inflates this case into a 4-count complaint under both tort and contract theories, baselessly including the celebrity member of Yeezy Apparel (Mr. West).
Further, “At the outset, because Plaintiff has not clearly pleaded the terms of a contract, it is unclear which of the contractual terms alleged was purportedly breached.”
He has demanded the entire case tossed out of court.