Trial Date Set For Courtney Love, Hole Contract Suit

Jury to review artist-activist's 'unconscionable' recording agreement with Vivendi Universal in April.

The Hole recording contract Courtney Love regards as "unconscionable" will be reviewed in court come spring.

Los Angeles Judge Fumiko Wasserman on Wednesday (October 17) set the Hole singer's contract-termination suit against Vivendi Universal for trial on April 2. The case will be heard before a jury.

A final status conference will be held March 21.

Wasserman recently gave Love the OK to proceed with most of her claims against the label conglomerate (see "Courtney Love Scores Breakthrough In Hole Suit"). She seeks to nix Hole's record deal, claiming labels sign artists to "unconscionable" contracts, employ corrupt accounting practices and underpay royalties. Her suit also challenges an amendment that exempts recording artists from California labor laws pertaining to entertainers. If she prevails, the case could alter industry customs such as long-term recording contracts.

Love recently filed another suit against Vivendi Universal on behalf of her late husband Kurt Cobain's estate for control over Nirvana's master recordings (see "Courtney Love Sues For Control Of Nirvana's Master Recordings").