Courtney Love Sued By Law Firm That Helped Her Win Rights To Cobain Material

Firm that represented her against Cobain's Nirvana bandmates says she never paid.

Courtney Love, currently in rehab, was hit with another lawsuit this week, this time from a Seattle law firm claiming she owes it more than $340,000. The firm helped Love obtain control of the publishing rights to Nirvana's songs and other material from her late husband, Kurt Cobain.

Hendricks & Lewis say they helped Love get more than $7 million in advances on Cobain material to be released as a greatest-hits album and a coffee-table book, yet they were told she didn't have the money to pay the legal fees, according to their complaint filed with King County Court in Seattle. The firm said it helped Love get an advance of $4 million for 2002's Nirvana, a greatest-hits collection, back when she was fighting surviving bandmembers Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic as well as Universal Music Group over Nirvana material they wanted to release (see "Courtney Love, Universal Music Reach Settlement; Nirvana Material Freed Up For Release").

Hendricks & Lewis also helped Love get a separate advance of $3.3 million in the literary deal for her late husband's journals, the complaint says. ("Journals" went on to debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for hardcover nonfiction in November 2002.)

Hendricks & Lewis, who also name Love's daughter, Frances Bean, in the suit, are seeking a lien on all of Love's papers in their possession, which includes work by Cobain.

"The matter is in Courtney's lawyer's hands," her manager, Peter Asher, said, noting that he would have no further comment.

This isn't the first time one of the litigious singer's law firms has sued her to seek payment for attorney fees. Just last year, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips took her to court for failure to pay for unspecified work (see "Legal Guardian Appointed For Courtney Love"). That matter has been resolved in the last couple of months, according to Love's attorney in that case, Robert Ring.