Courtney Love Continues To Pursue Geffen In Court

Hole singer claims Geffen Records failed to market Celebrity Skin adequately.

LOS ANGELES - A day after Courtney Love testified before the California legislature on artists' rights, the Hole singer returned to her one-woman war against Vivendi/Universal. On Thursday (September 6), Love presented a Los Angeles superior court judge with a revised game plan for taking the music conglomerate to trial.

"In 15 years, no one's made it to [trial] - I will," Love said while smoking a cigarette outside the courthouse after the hearing. "I have so many people looking to me, from Alanis [Morissette], to the Dixie Chicks, to pretty much any artist you can name, all saying, 'Please succeed.' "

In the courtroom, Love sat quietly as her attorney, Barry Cappello, argued several claims in her lawsuit, including allegations that Geffen Records failed to market Hole's Celebrity Skin and wrongfully assigned the band to another company by merging into Universal. In June, Judge Fumiko Wasserman gave Love the green light to proceed with four of her proposed "points of action," including her charge that labels are fraudulent in their accounting practices, but ordered the singer to amend the majority of her allegations (see "Courtney Love Hits Speed Bump In Label Fight").

Geffen attorney Russell J. Frackman told Wasserman that Love's revised claims are "a lot of fluff" and part of an attempt to back out of her obligation to give the label five more albums - a commitment she made willingly. Geffen/Universal sued Hole last year for failing to deliver the albums; Love filed her countersuit early this year.

"The arguments just don't hold water," Frackman said.

Wasserman can accept the revised claims, throw them out completely or allow Love another chance to amend them.

Even if all of her revised complaints are thrown out, Love can try to proceed with her case based on the claims Wasserman accepted in June.

Love testified, along with Don Henley and LeAnn Rimes, before a California state senate committee on Wednesday in a call for litigation to free artists from long-term contracts (see "Courtney Love, Don Henley, LeAnn Rimes Testify On Artists' Rights").

"People ask why I'm doing this. Because it's right!" Love said. "What's so spooky about that?

"I had breakfast with Hillary Clinton," she continued, "and I've got to tell you: She's the biggest rock star I've ever been near. She asked me, 'What are you doing for your country? What are you doing for your culture?' And I felt like an a--hole. She said, 'If you want to fight for it, fight for it. And remember, you're gonna get the sh-- beat out of you.' So what's new?"